A while ago I wrote a post on Funny Taxonomy, featuring some of the ridiculous names that taxonomists come up with. I recently found a great follow up to that post, so I’m calling it…Funny Taxonomy, part 2! A rose by any other name…
These examples were all taken from this website: http://home.comcast.net/~johnepler3/names.html
The longest scientific name ever proposed (not in current use): Gammaracanthuskytodermogammarus loricatobaicalensis
Which was for an amphipod.
The shortest scientific name: Ia io
I like this wasp: Pison eu (you have to say it out loud)
And this one: Aha ha, which according to internet folklore was named because the entomologist who discovered it exclaimed Aha! upon opening the box. Indeed, a little research yields the manuscript “Aha, a new genus of Australian Sphecidae, and a revised key to the world genera of the tribe Miscophini (Hymenoptera, Larrinae)”, by Mencke (1977). I was unable to access the manuscript, but I was able to access this paper, which described the second species in the genus, Aha evansi.
And I’ll end with this tribute to one of my favourite artists, Gary Larson: Strigiphilus garylarsoni. It’s an owl louse, so I’m sure he’d be proud.