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Home of "Curious Scientific Names", along with assorted links to entomology, ecology, biodiversity, reference sites, utilities, and a little entertainment. It's a spotty list at first glance, sure, but you can track down a lot from here in only a few steps. Works for me! (incidentally, if anyone notices any links here that are outdated, I'd be grateful if you'd let me know and I'll update 'em).
As Melville said:
"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method."
This is one of them...

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ENTOMOLOGY LINKS:

UCR Insect FAQ page -- info and links for some common insect questions
World Bee Genera
Entomology Index of Internet Resources -- One of the BEST links for Entomology sites
Entomological Society of America Homepage
Smithsonian Entomology Home Page
"The Natural History Museum" (alias the British Museum)
Book of Insect World Records
Common insect pests, etc. ("Featured Creatures")
AntBase
International Bee Research Association
El Programa Cooperativo Sobre la Apifauna Mexicana (PCAM) Database of Mexican Bees -- in FoxPro


ECOLOGY & BIODIVERSITY LINKS:

The Tree of Life Home Page
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
Plant taxonomy database, USDA-ARS Germplasm Information Network
National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
International Center For Tropical Ecology at UMSL
Missouri Botanical Garden TROPICOS Page
Association For Tropical Biology
The Natural Heritage Network Central Server
The National Wildlife Refuge Association
Endangered Species Lists
Species Lists for US National Parks
National Wildflower Research Center
The International Arid Lands Consortium
Sierra Club
National Wildlife Federation
National Audubon Society
The Cephalopod Page


REFERENCE LINKS:

Nomenclator Zoologicus - probably THE best online resource for looking up genus names
The Scout Report (a GREAT resource for finding useful science web sites!)
Journal Preview Service (very nice for keeping informed)
National Science Foundation
"Nature" Magazine Online
"Science" Magazine Online
"New Scientist" Online
WWW Journal of Biology
National Climatic Data Center
USGS Mapping Information: Geographic Names Information System (GNIS; US gazetteer)
Defense Mapping Agency GEOnet Names Server (an international gazetteer)
MapQuest On-line Atlas -- like Rand McNally & AAA rolled into one
The NIST Chemistry WebBook -- data on just about any organic compound
Darwin's "The Origin of Species" Online
-- A FAQ site related to rebutting Creationism


ANTI-SPAM STUFF:

The Snopes Urban Legends Site -- an indispensable resource for spotting hoaxes
TRACEROUTE -- to see who gives a spammer their net access (the "upstream provider")
WHOIS -- to see who they are and where they live


SEARCH ENGINES & INDEXES:

Internet Address Finder -- turns up e-mail addresses the other engines don't
Shareware Finder -- another handy resource


"LIGHTER" LINKS:

Discovery Channel Online
NPR Online
The Onion (an irreverent pseudo-tabloid)
Annals of Improbable Research
News of the Weird
The Straight Dope
House of Cards
Comic Strips Online


Curious Scientific Names

by Douglas Yanega (an electronic work-in-progress) VERSION 7-1-2014

This list has evolved from Arnold Menke's classic article "Funny or curious zoological names" (BOGUS, Volume -2, 1993 April Fool's Issue; 24-27 [yes, that's volume *negative* 2]), expanded to include some fungi and plants. Many of the fly and plant names below are things I dug out of the literature myself, but many of the others are things I've picked up over the Internet, or had passed along to me by various people. I gratefully welcome anyone to contribute additional names, or author names and years for the various taxa, but I make no promises as to remembering who all gave me what, or giving credit where credit is due, unless you donate a huge heap of stuff (I already blew it long ago when I started this list, and starting now would be a disservice to the dozen or so contributors whom I've already forgotten - the only ones I recall are my brother Michael, who supplied many of the fish names, and also a number from Mark Isaak, and some moth names from James Adams). Mark has set up his own web page since I created mine, and it has expanded more rapidly than mine, so there is now considerable overlap between our lists (we each lift names from one another's lists, as time goes on), but his (Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature) is still worth a visit, as it contains a few categories I lack, and is more exhaustive in certain areas. A substantial addition comes courtesy of Gary McDonald, who selflessly supplied a lengthy list of mostly molluscs, for which I am genuinely grateful, and several submissions from Charles Turner. For those amused by the phony scientific names used for the old Warner Brothers "Roadrunner and Coyote" cartoons, here's a link to a complete list of those names, too. There is also a very similar website dealing with "Silly Molecule Names," and a more general look at names, naming practices, and humorous aspects thereof at A Barrel Full of Names.

Genera & higher:

WHO'S WHO

Adonis Linnaeus, 1753 (bird's-eye; Ranunculaceae), also Adonis Gronow, 1854 (fish)
Akela, Bagheera, Messua, & Nagaina Peckham & Peckham, 1986 (jumping spiders; after characters in Kipling's "Jungle Book")
Alfaro Meek, 1912 (knife fish)
Amanda Macnae, 1954 (snail)
Andromeda Linnaeus, 1753 (wild rosemary), also Andromeda Gistel, 1834 (buprestid beetle; synonymized)
Andrzej Slipinski, 2007 (ladybird beetle)
Angela Audinet-Serville, 1838 (mantis), also Angela Lesson, 1843 (coelenterate) and Angela Gonzalez-Sponga, 1987 (opilionid)
Anubis Thomson, 1864 (longhorn beetle)
Aphrodite Leske, 1775 (Sea Mouse, a polychaete; many homonyms by later authors)
Aquarius Schellenberg, 1800 (water strider)
Archimedes Lesueur, 1842 (bryozoan with a corkskrew-shaped support)
Archytas Jaennicke 1867 (tachinid fly)
Astarte Sowerby, 1816 (clam), also Astarte de Blainville, 1828 (polychaete)
Baalzebub Coddington, 1986 (spider)
Balboa Distant, 1893 (seed bug)
Barbara Heinrich, 1923 (tortricid moth)
Batman Whitley, 1956 (fish; synonymized)
Brenda Oman, 1941 (leafhopper)
Caligula Moore, 1862 (silkmoth), also Caligula Aurivillius, 1879 (tiger moth)
Candace Stål (stink bug)
Camilla Haliday, 1836 (fly)
Celina Aubé, 1837-38 (diving beetle)
Ceres Gray, 1856 (snail)
Chronos Robson, 1914 (snail)
Cinderella Steyskal, 1949 (heleomyzid fly)
Clara Gill, 1862 (fish)
Clarissa Kirby, 1894 (wasp)
Claudia Stål, 1864 (bug)
Claudius Des Gozis, 1882 (beetle; synonymized)
Cletus Stål (leaf-footed bug)
Confucius Distant, 1907 (bug)
Cristina Loman, 1902 (opilionid)
Croesus Leach, 1817 (sawfly)
Cynthia D. Don, 1829 (goat's-beard) and Cynthia Fabricius, 1807 (moth; many homonyms by later authors)
Cyrano Needham & Gyger, 1939 (damselfly)
Damocles (fossil shark; males had an elaborate projection from the back that ended poised over the head)
Damon Koch, 1850 (whip scorpion)
Daphne Linnaeus, 1753 (laurel), also a mollusc
Delilah Dillon & Dillon, 1945 (longhorn beetle)
Diana Risso, 1826 (fish), also Diana Laporte & Gory, 1837 (buprestid beetle; synonymized)
Doris (nudibranch)
Dracula Luer, 1978 (orchid; the flower supposedly resembles a bat)
Drusilla Leach, 1819 (rove beetle)
Electra Lamouroux, 1816 (bryozoan)
Emma Gray, 1843 (bryozoan)
Erica Linnaeus, 1753 (heather)
Eros Newman, 1838 (lycid beetle)
Esmeralda Thomson (longhorned beetle; now a subgenus)
Esperanza Barber, 1906 (stink bug)
Eugenia Linnaeus (fruit tree)
Evita Capps, 1943 (geometrid moth)
Fiona (mollusc)
Francesca (planthopper)
Freya Thery, 1943 (buprestid beetle)
Gargantua Jullien, 1888 (bryozoan)
Gilda Giglio-Tos (mantis; synonymized)
Godiva MacNae, 1954 (nudibranch)
Goya Ragonot, 1888 (pyralid moth)
Greta (butterfly), also Greta Hemming (snail) - one of these is probably not valid
Griselda Heinrich, 1923 (tortricid moth)
Guillermo Slipinski, 2007 (ladybird beetle)
Hades Westwood, 1851 (metalmark butterfly)
Hermes Montfort, 1810 (snail; now a subgenus)
Hermione (stratiomyid fly)
Hilda Kirkaldy (planthopper)
Iago Compagno & Springer, 1971 (shark)
Icarus Forbes, 1844 (snail; synonymized)
Inga Busck, 1908 (oecophorid moth)
Iris (mantis)
Julia (mollusc)
Kali Lloyd, 1909 (deepsea swallower fish)
Lara (riffle beetle)
Larisa Miller, 1979 (tortricid moth)
Lavinia (carp)
Leia (fungus gnat)
Livia Latreille, 1805 (psyllid bug)
Liza Jordan & Swain, 1884 (mullet)
Lucia Swainson, 1833 (butterfly)
Lucifer Doderlein, 1882 (fish)
Marietta Motschulsky (chalcidoid wasp)
Marisa (snail)
Mathilda (mollusc)
Mars Jordan & Seale, 1906 (fish)
Melanie (mollusc)
Melba Casey (rove beetle)
Melissa Linnaeus, 1753 (lemon balm)
Mephisto Tyler, 1966 (spikefish)
Mercedes Johnson, 1991 (butterfly)
Nat Slipinski, 2007 (ladybird beetle)
Natalia Gray, 1840 (echinoderm)
Nemo McAlpine, 1983 (fly)
Norma Heinrich, 1923 (tortricid moth; synonymized)
Nyx Heppner, 1982 (pyralid moth)
Ophelia (annelid)
Ophiuchus Distant, 1918 (leafhopper)
Orion Guérin-Méneville, 1844 (longhorn beetle)
Orsonwelles Hormiga 2002 (spider)
Osiris Smith, 1854(bee)
Pandora Bruguière, 1797 (clam)
Patricia Fox (snail)
Pegasus Linnaeus, 1758 (seamoth fish)
Penelope (bird)
Phaeton Linnaeus, 1758 (tropicbird)
Phoebe Audinet-Serville, 1835 (longhorn beetle)
Phyllis Gistel, 1847 (leaf beetle; synonymized)
Pinocchio Pagliano & Scaramozzino, 1990 (pteromalid wasp; synonymized)
Plato Coddington, 1986 (spider)
Pluto (aphid wasp)
Polyphemus (water flea)
Poseidon Herklots, 1851 (crustacean)
Priscilla Thomson, 1864 (longhorn beetle)
Prometheus Hübner, 1824 (moth)
Prunella (dunnock), also Prunella Linnaeus, 1753 (dragon-head)
Rajendra Moore, 1879 (tiger moth)
Ramona Casey, 1886 (beetle)
Regina Baird & Girard, 1853 (snake)
Rita Bleeker, 1859 (catfish)
Robert Slipinski, 2007 (ladybird beetle)
Roger Slipinski, 2007 (ladybird beetle)
Sappho Reichenbach, 1849 (bird)
Satan Hubbs & Bailey, 1947 (catfish)
Semiramis Becker, 1913 (bee fly)
Sonia Heinrich, 1926 (tortricid moth)
Sophia Adanson, 1763 (tansy-mustard)
Spartacus Distant, 1884 (leaf bug)
Stromboli (mollusc)
Susana Rohwer & Middleton 1932 (sawfly)
Sylvia (warblers)
Terpsichore (paradise flycatcher)
Thais (snail)
Theseus (stink bug)
Tina Powell, 1986 (moth)
Tobias Simon, 1895 (crab spider)
Tyson (percine fish)
Vanessa (butterfly)
Venus Linnaeus, 1758 (clam)
Veronica Linnaeus, 1753 (speedwell)
Vladimir Triapitsyn, 2013 (chalcidoid wasp)
Waldo Nicoll, 1966 (parasitic clam)
Wioletta Slipinski, 2007 (ladybird beetle)
Yoda Priede et al., 2012 (acorn worm)
Zeus Linnaeus, 1758 (dory fish)

MEDICAL TERMS:

Amnesia Horn, 1876 (weevil; synonymized)
Anemia (fern), also Anemia Laporte, 1840 (darkling beetle; synonymized)
Anthrax Scopoli, 1763 (bee fly)
Caecum (mollusc)
Cerebrum Schroder Medioli & Scott, 1989 (protist)
Dialysis Walker (coenomyiid fly)
Edema Walker, 1855 (moth)
Emesis Fabricius, 1807 (metalmark butterfly)
Enema Hope, 1837 (scarab beetle; see also under species)
Fibula Leske, 1778 (echinoderm)
Glaucoma (protozoan)
Hippocampus (seahorse)
Malleus (hammer oyster)
Oestrus (bot fly)
Papilloma Wang, 1989 (wasp)
Patella (limpet)
Retina Walker, 1854 (moth)
Scabies Haas, 1911 (clam)
Sepsis Fallen, 1810 (dung fly)
Syngamia Guenee, 1854 (pyralid moth)
Syrinx Roding, 1798 (snail)
Systole Walker, 1832 (eurytomid wasp)
Thymus Girault, 1916 (eulophid wasp)
Tibia (conch)
Trachea (noctuid moth)
Trapezium Megerle, 1811 (clam)
Tumor Huang, 1990 (pteromalid wasp)
Ulna Capuse, 1973 (moth)

PLACE NAMES:

Acadia Vockeroth (fungus gnat)
Alabama Grote, 1895 (moth)
Alamosa Hampson, 1901 (pyralid moth; synonymized)
Altoona Hulst, 1888 (pyralid moth; synonymized)
Andes Stål, 1866 (planthopper)
Appalachia (grasshopper)
Argentina Linnaeus, 1758 (fish)
Arivaca Shaffer, 1968 (pyralid moth)
Atlanta (snail)
Atascosa Hulst, 1890 (pyralid moth)
Asia Pergens, 1887 (coelenterate; not valid)
Australia Girault, 1928 (wasp)
Babylonia Schlüter, 1838 (mollusc)
Cadiz Andrews & Gilbert 1992 (leaf beetle)
Cayuga Hulst, 1888 (pyralid moth; synonymized)
China Burr, 1899 (orthopteran)
Cochabamba (leaf beetle)
Colombia Rang, 1835 (a mollusc)
Corcovado Lane, 1973 (longhorn beetle)
Cuba Dyar, 1919 (moth)
Florida Baird, 1858 (bird)
Gardena Dohrn (assassin bug)
Gaza (snail)
Gonzaga (lacewing)
Iberia Kirkaldy, 1907 (leafhopper)
Loyola (lacewing)
Maricopa Hulst, 1890 (pyralid moth)
Memphis (butterfly)
Mexico Spilman, 1972 (beetle)
Mineola Hulst, 1890 (pyralid moth; synonymized)
Narnia Stål, 1862 (leaf-footed bug)
Nirvana Kirkaldy (leafhopper)
Ocala Hulst, 1892 (pyralid moth)
Osceola Hulst, 1891 (pyralid moth; synonymized)
Panama Marsh, 1993 (wasp)
Patagonia (pyralid moth)
Peoria Ragonot, 1887 (pyralid moth)
Petaluma Hulst, 1888 (pyralid moth; synonymized)
Pima Hulst, 1888 (pyralid moth)
Reynosa Shaffer, 1968 (pyralid moth)
Sarasota Hulst, 1900 (pyralid moth)
Seneca Hulst, 1890 (pyralid moth; synonymized)
Sonoma Casey (rove beetle)
Sonora Baird & Girard, 1853 (snake)
Tacoma Hulst, 1888 (pyralid moth)
Tampa Ragonot, 1887 (pyralid moth)
Texas Kirkaldy, 1904 (bug)
Tonga Kirkaldy, 1900 (planthopper)
Tulsa Heinrich, 1956 (pyralid moth)
Uinta Hulst, 1888 (pyralid moth)
Unadilla Hulst, 1890 (pyralid moth)
Valdivia Ragonot, 1888 (pyralid moth)
Valencia Sauvage, 1880 (carp)

FAMILIAR IN OTHER CONTEXTS:

Agape Felder, 1874 (tiger moth)
Alienates Barber, 1953 (gnat bug)
Aloha Kirkaldy, 1904 (bug)
Ambrosia Linnaeus, 1753 (ragweed)
Amphora Cumberland, 1826 (echinoderm, also a weevil, also a snail)
Anticlimax Pilsbry & McGinty, 1946 (fossil snail)
Apache Kirkaldy, 1901 (derbid planthopper)
Apocrypha Eschscholtz, 1831 (darkling beetle)
Are Walker, 1855 (tiger moth)
Aria (beam-tree)
Athletes Karsch, 1896 (silkmoth)
Aurora Ragonot, 1887 (pyralid moth; synonymized)
Balnibarbi Fortey, 1974 (trilobite; after the inept technocracy in "Gulliver's Travels")
Balsa Walker, 1860 (noctuid moth)
Bandera Ragonot, 1887 (pyralid moth)
Banjos Bleeker, 1876 (percine fish)
Betelgeuse Shaw, 1988 (braconid wasp)
Bonus Moskalev, 1973 (limpet)
Box Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1830 (fish)
Calypso (orchid; also a pteromalid wasp)
Camera Townes, 1962 (ichneumon wasp)
Campanile (mollusc)
Cannabis Blyth, 1850 (bird)
Car (weevil)
Cassis (helmet shell)
Chaos Linnaeus, 1767 (amoeba)
Chinchilla Girault, 1928 (Encyrtid wasp; synonymized)
Chorus Gray, 1847 (snail)
Circus (hawk)
Cis (fungus beetle)
Codon Linnaeus (borage) and Codon Fennah, 1962 (planthopper)
Conga Evans, 1955 (skipper)
Corona (snail)
Coyote Reeder & Roth, 1988 (snail subgenus)
Creator Alekseev (megaspilid wasp)
Crypsis (grass)
Cyclops (one-eyed copepod)
Cylinder Montfort, 1810 (snail; now a subgenus)
Decodes Obratsov, 1961 (tortricid moth)
Delta de Saussure, 1855 (wasp)
Demogorgon Kirby, 1891 (earwig; synonymized - the name should be familiar to anyone who has ever played Dungeons and Dragons)
Dictator Thomson, 1878 (longhorn beetle)
Disaster Gilli, 1980 (buckthorn; synonymized) and Disaster Agassiz, 1836 (echinoid)
Discus (clam)
Draco Linnaeus, 1758 (gliding lizard)
Drinker Bakker (dinosaur)
Echidna Förster, 1777 (eel)
Echo Hartman, 1881 (snail; synonymized)
Electron (motmot)
Euphoria Burmeister, 1842 (scarab beetle)
Exotica (mollusc)
Formica Linnaeus (ant)
Gyros H. Edwards, 1881 (pyralid moth)
Helix Linnaeus, 1758 (snail)
Hero Alder & Hancock, 1855 (nudibranch)
Hiatus Cresson, 1906 (otitid fly)
Homunculus Ameghino, 1891 (fossil monkey)
Hypocrites Fåhraeus, 1872 (longhorn beetle)
Idea (danaid butterfly)
Index Boettger, 1877 (snail; now a subgenus)
Indicator (honeyguide birds; Greater Honeyguide is Indicator indicator)
Iron Eaton, 1883 (mayfly; now placed in Epeorus)
Kinesis Burr, 1907 (earwig)
Lapsus Pacheco, 1964 (mud beetle)
Lepton Zetterstedt, 1838 (braconid wasp; synonymized)
Lithium Finnamore, 1987 (aphid wasp)
Lo Seale in Jordan & Seale, 1906 (rabbitfish)
Mamma Moersch, 1852 (mollusc)
Motes (larrine wasp)
Nasturtium (watercress)
Nematodes (false click beetle)
Nemesis Risso, 1826 (copepod)
Onus Rafinesque, 1810 (fish)
Orcus Mulsant, 1850 (ladybird beetle - the name should be familiar to anyone who has ever played Dungeons and Dragons)
Palmar Schaefer, 1949 (buprestid beetle)
Panacea Godman & Salvin, 1883 (nymphalid butterfly)
Pandemonium Van Valen, 1994 (fossil mammal)
Papa Reichenbach, 1850 (bird)
Par McAlpine, 2001 (fly)
Paratype Felder, 1874 (tiger moth)
Patina Rafinesque, 1815
Pepsis (tarantula hawk wasp)
Peregrinator Kirkaldy (assassin bug)
Philander Linnaeus (opossum)
Planes Rondani, 1863 (hoverfly; name preoccupied)
Platypus (bark beetle)
Podium Fabricius, 1804 (sphecid wasp)
Prays Hübner, 1825 (moth)
Provocator Watson, 1882 (snail)
Psyche Rang, 1825 (pteropod; synonymized)
Pupa Roding, 1798 (snail)
Purex Burr, 1911 (earwig)
Radius Montfort, 1810 (snail; synonymized)
Ragnarok Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal; "Ragnarok" is the Norse mythological apocalypse; synonymized)
Saga (katydid)
Salamis Boisduval (snail)
Samba Friese, 1908 (bee)
Saturnalia Langer et al., 1999 (dinosaur)
Sayonara Jordan & Steele, 1906 (fish)
Schema Becker, 1907 (shore fly)
Scissor Gunther, 1864 (fish)
Sea Hayward (snail)
Sierra Fowler, 1905 (fish)
Silo Curtis, 1830 (caddisfly)
Sirius Hedley, 1900 (snail)
Spandex Burr, 1915 (earwig; synonymized)
Sphinx Linnaeus, 1758 (sphinx moth)
Sponsor Gory & Laporte, 1839 (buprestid beetle)
Stratus Schaufuss (rove beetle)
Synecdoche (Achilid planthopper)
Terra Johnson & Matusik, 1988 (hairstreak butterfly)
Titan Matthews, 1858 (microscopic beetle; synonymized)
Torpedo Houttuyn, 1874 (ray)
Trivia Gray, 1837 (snail)
Troglodytes (wrens)
Tuba Lea, 1838 (snail; synonymized)
Turbo (snail)
Tuxedo Schuh, 2001 (plant bug)
Umbrella Lamarck, 1819 (gastropod; synonymized)
Vertigo Müller, 1774 (land snail)
Villa Lioy, 1864 (bee fly; see below for one noteworthy species)
Zen Jordan, 1903 (dory fish)

PLAYS ON WORDS/PHRASES:

Amazona Linnaeus (parrot)
Amercedes Casey (weevil)
Anonymos Walt., 1788 (plants, later split up)
Architectonica (snail)
Arfia Van Valen, 1965 (dog-like fossil)
Arthritica (mollusc)
Bama McAlpine, 2001 (fly)
Bambiraptor Burnham et al., 2002 (diminutive dinosaur)
Bazinga Gershwin & Davie, 2013 (jellyfish; after the TV character Sheldon Cooper's catchphrase)
Bloodiella Nowicki (parasitic wasp)
Borogovia Osmólska, 1987 (dinosaur; after creature from Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky")
Bulbus Brown, 1839 (snail)
Bunnya Baker, 1941 (snail)
Cacophonia Gistl, 1848 (clam; synonymized)
Camelotia Galton, 1985 (dinosaur from England)
Centrifuga (mollusc)
Cincinnatia (mollusc)
Compacta Amsel, 1956 (pyralid moth)
Contorta Megerle in Villa, 1841 (snail; synonymized)
Cornucopiae Linnaeus, 1737 (grass; synonymized)
Cucarastichus LaSalle (cockroach hyperparasitic wasp)
Draculo Snyder, 1911 (dragonet fish)
Dyaria Neumoegen, 1893 (moth; Neumoegen greatly disliked his contemporary, Dyar)
Electrona (lanternfish)
Elephantella Rydb., 1900 (figwort)
Explorator Pacheco, 1964 (mud beetle)
Galaxias (deep-sea fish)
Gargoyleosaurus Carpenter, Miles, & Cloward, 1998 (dinosaur)
Hallucigenia Conway Morris, 1977 (Cambrian fossil)
Hawaiia Gude, 1911 (snail)
Hebejeebie Heads 2003 (plant; refers to "the anxiety the plants often caused taxonomists")
Hottipula Evenhuis, 1994 (fossil crane fly)
Hunkydora Fleming, 1948 (clam; a subgenus of Myadora)
Illinoia Wilson, 1910 and Iowana Hottes, 1954 (aphids)
Impatiens Linnaeus, 1753 (touch-me-not)
Indecentia Broun (weevil)
Interjectio Heinrich, 1956 (Pyralid moth)
Ittibittium Houbrick, 1993 (mollusks smaller than those in the genus Bittium)
Iyaiyai Evenhuis, 1994 (fossil fly)
Jamaicia (snail)
Japania Girault, 1911 (chalcidoid wasp)
Jujubinus Monterosato, 1884 (mollusc)
Leprechaunus Capener, 1950 (treehopper)
Lituania Jakimavicius, 1960 (braconid wasp)
Lumpus Rafinesque, 1815 (fish)
Manhatta Hulst, 1890 (pyralid moth)
Meomyia Evenhuis, 1983 (fly)
Meteoria (deep-sea fish)
Monogamus Lutzen, 1976 (snail)
Morlockia Garcia-Valdecasas, 1984 (cave-dwelling crustacean; after the Morlocks, the cave-dwelling race in H.G. Well's "The Time Machine")
Muscatheres Evenhuis, 1986 (fly; "there are only 3 Muscatheres known")
Mysteria Thomson, 1860 (longhorned beetle)
Notnops, Taintnops, and Tisentnops Platnick, 1994 (spiders; all originally placed in the genus Nops, but Platnick decided these were all distinct new genera)
Notoreas Meyrick, 1886 (moth)
Dolichisme, Ochisme, Peggichisme and Polychisme Kirkaldy, 1904 (bugs; "-chisme" is pronounced "kiss me")
Omyomymar Schauff, 1983 (parasitic mymarid wasp)
Paraguaya Girault, 1911 (chalcidoid wasp)
Parasitus Latreille, 1795 (mite)
Passadena Hulst, 1900 (pyralid moth)
Problema Skinner & Williams, 1924 (skipper)
Ptomaspis, Dikenaspis, Ariaspis, all by Denison, 1963 (fossil fish; remove the "-aspis" from all three names to get the joke)
Ptomomys, Dickomys, and Harryomys, the latter two coined by Wood (the first is pocket gophers, the latter are related fossil taxa)
Qiyia Chen et al., 2014 (leech-like fossil fly larva; "qiyi" is Chinese for "bizarre")
Sallya Hemming (snail)
Serendipidae Evenhuis, 1994 (fossil fly family)
Spastica Dejean, 1834 (blister beetle)
Stupidogobius Aurich, 1938 (goby)
Supercrambus Bleszynski, 1967 (pyralid moth)
This McAlpine, 1991 (fly; McAlpine had a poster on his office door with an illustration of the fly and a quote below "Look at This!")
Townesilitus Hesselbarth & Loan, 1983 (wasp)
Triumphis Gray, 1847 (snail)
Viviparidae (snail family)

INTERESTING HONORIFICS:

Attenborosaurus Bakker, 1993 (plesiosaur, after David Attenborough)
Belantsea Leseuer, 1818 (fossil fish; named for the legendary ancestor of the Crow tribal nation)
Buzzops Bakker (fossil turtle; named for the proprietor of a popular Rock River, Wyoming bar and cafe)
Casanovula Hoare & van Nieukerken, 2013 (subgenus of moths with elaborate sexual adornments in the males)
Cheguevaria Kazantsev, 2006 (firefly)
Cocacolaria Hoffman, 1987 (millipede)
Coquena Schlinger et al., 2013 (fly from Argentina; named after an Argentinian mythical protector of animals, who wears a hat and bright poncho - the flies are iridescent and have a hat-like knob on the head)
Crichtonsaurus Dong, 2002 (ankylosaur; after "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton)
Cuttysarkus Estes, 1964 (fossil lizard)
Daggoo, Queequeg, and Tashtego Sime & Wahl, 2002 (wasps; after the harpoonists in Melville's "Moby Dick")
Dalailama Staudinger, 1896 (moth from Tibet)
Darthvaderum Hunt, 1996 (mite)
Dawkinsia Pethiyagoda et al., 2012 (fish; after Richard Dawkins)
Electrolux Compagno & Heemstra, 2007 (electric ray exhibiting "vigorous sucking action")
Elvisaurus Holmes, 1993 (dinosaur; not valid)
Excalibosaurus McGowan, 1986 (British ichthyosaur with a swordlike upper jaw)
Godzillius Yager, 1986 (remipede crustacean)
Grendelius McGowan, 1976 (ichthyosaur; synonymized)
Haihaoia (snail)
Hildoceras Hyatt, 1867 (fossil ammonite; found in Britain, these fossils can sometimes be found with the free end carved into a snake's head, to honor the local Saxon legend claiming that St. Hilda had killed all the snakes in the region, making them all coil up, turn to stone, and fall into the sea)
Houdinia Hoare et al., 2006 (moth; distinctive for having the thinnest caterpillars ever found)
Ibyka Skog & Banks, 1973 (fossil plant; "from the poet Ibykos whose murder was revealed by cranes. This plant was only discovered because of quarrying operations [involving a different sort of crane] for the construction of Gilboa dam")
Ichabodcraniosaurus Novacek, 1996 (dinosaur; originally found without a head - a head was found later, but no one is sure whether it's the correct head)
Kuckuckia Hollenberg, 1971 (brown alga)
Laputa Whitley, 1930 (fish; after literary castle in the clouds)
Laputavis Dyke, 2001 (fossil bird; as above)
Loureedia Henriques, 2012 (velvet spider that lives underground; named after Velvet Underground lead singer)
Mandelia (South African sea slug; named for Nelson Mandela)
Mashimaro Kim & Heraty, 2012 (parasitic wasp; after Korean cartoon character whose name is intended to sound like "marshmallow")
Merlinia Fortey & Owens 1978 (trilobite)
Mestoronema Wagner, 1999 (fossil snail; after the evil snail king in a "Dr. Who" episode)
Milesdavis Lieberman, 1994 (trilobite)
Montypythonoides Smith & Plane, 1985 (fossil snake)
Nabokovia Hemming, 1960 (butterfly in group that Nabokov studied)
Ninjemys Gaffney, 1992 (giant fossil turtle; named after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Obamadon Longrich et al., 2012 (fossil lizard with nice teeth)
Pauline Siveter, 2012 (fossil crustacean; about as straightforward an honorific as one can get, named after the author's wife)
Pleomothra Yager, 1989 (remipede crustacean; related to Godzillius)
Qantassaurus Rich & Vickers-Rich, 1999 (dinosaur; after Qantas Airlines)
Reginaia Campbell & Lydeard, 2012 (black pearly mussel; mussels are commonly called pigtoes, the freshwater pearly mussels are often called naiads. "The genus is a conflation of Regina, alluding to the Empress of Blandings, a black pig much chronicled by P. G. Wodehouse, and naia, and the sequence of the name puts the swine before the pearls.")
Samrukia Naish et al., 2011 (fossil Kazakh bird; after the Samruk, a magical bird of Kazakh folklore)
Sinatra Buffington, 2011 (wasp from the Pacific Islands)
Sterculia Laporte, 1835 and Sterculia Linnaeus (rove beetle, and plant; after the Roman god of manure)
Tubbia (fish)
Vaderscincus Wells & Wellington (skink)
Vunicothoe Boyko, 2009 (copepod, related to the genus Nicothoe; "VU" stands for Velvet Underground, and also plays on the album "The Velvet Underground and Nico")
Wodyetia Irvine, 1978 (foxtail palm; after Wodyeti, last aboriginal to live in the Melville Range area in Queensland, Australia, who brought this plant to botanical attention)
Zappa Murdy, 1989 (goby)

Then there's a large set of honorifics, both at species and genus ranks, for characters and creatures from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth books, as well as Tolkien himself:

Anisonchus eowynae Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal; synonym of A. athelas Van Valen, 1978)
Balinia Hedqvist, 1978 (eulophid wasp; synonymized)
Balrogia Hedqvist, 1977 (pteromalid wasp)
Beorn Cooper, 1964 (fossil tardigrade)
Beornia Hedqvist, 1975 (eulophid wasp)
Bofuria Hedqvist, 1978 (pteromalid wasp)
Bomburia Hedqvist, 1978 (pteromalid wasp), also Bomburia, Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal)
Bubogonia bombadili and Protoselene bombadili, Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammals)
Claenodon mumak Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal)
Deltatherium durini Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal)
Durinia Hedqvist, 1978 (eulophid wasp; synonymized)
Dvalinia Hedqvist, 1977 (pteromalid wasp)
Earendil Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal)
Entia Hedqvist, 1974 (eulophid wasp; synonymized)
Fimbrethil ambaronae Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal; synonymized)
Frodospira Wagner, 1999 (fossil gastropod)
Gabrius tolkieni Schillhammer, 1997 (rove beetle)
Galaxias gollumoides (swamp-dwelling fish with large eyes)
Gildoria Hedqvist (braconid wasp)
Gimlia Hedqvist, 1978 (eulophid wasp; synonymized)
Gollum Compagno, 1973 (shark)
Gollumiella Hedqvist, 1978 (eucharitid wasp)
Gollumjapyx smeagol Sendra & Ortuno, 2006 (Spanish japygid)
Gwaihiria Naumann (diapriid wasp)
Ingerophrynus gollum Grismer, 2007 (toad)
Khamul gothmogi Gates, 2008 (eurytomid wasp; genus is after the one named Nazgul, epithet after the one named Balrog)
Legolasia Hedqvist, 1974 (pteromalid wasp; synonymized)
Leucothoe tolkieni Vinogradov, 1990 (amphipod)
Macropsis sauroni Hamilton, 1972 (leafhopper)
Macrostyphlus frodo and M. gandalf Morrone, 1994 (Andean weevils)
Martesia tolkieni Kennedy, 1975 (burrowing clam)
Mimatuta morgoth Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal)
Mithrandir Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal)
Nazgulia Hedqvist, 1973 (pteromalid wasp)
Niphredil radagasti Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal; now in genus Paleotomus)
Oinia Hedqvist, 1978 (eulophid wasp; synonymized)
Osteoborus orc Webb, 1969 (fossil canid)
Oxyprimus galadrielae Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal)
Pericompsus bilbo Erwin, 1982 (beetle with big, hairy feet)
Platymastus palantir Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal)
Sauron Eskov, 1995 (spider; appropriately, from Mt. Saur in Kazakhstan)
Shireplitis bilboi, S. frodoi, S. meriadoci, S. peregrini, S. samwisei, and S. tolkieni Fernandez-Triana & Ward, 2013 (braconid wasps from New Zealand)
Smeagol Climo, 1980 (gastropod; type genus of the family Smeagolidae)
Smeagolia Hedqvist, 1973 (pteromalid wasp; synonymized)
Syconycteris hobbit Ziegler, 1982 (blossom bat with hairy feet)
Tetramorium nazgul and T. smaug Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2012 (ants)
Thangorodrim thalion Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal; now in genus Oxyclaenus)
Tinuviel Van Valen, 1978 (fossil mammal)

ACRONYMS AND SUCH:

Afipia (bacterium; acronym for Armed Forces Institute of Pathology)
Cedecea (bacterium; pseudo-acronym for Centers for Disease Control)
Csiro Medvedev & Lawrence, 1984 (Australian beetle; acronym for Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
Foadia Pakaluk, 1985 (beetle; FOAD is a well-known, rude acronym - and the name was intentional)
Geocenamus Thorne, 1968 (nematode; stands for "Geographical Center of North America")
Inbiomyia Buck, 2005 (fly; honors the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad in Costa Rica - which, sadly, appears to be on the verge of closing down)
Waddlia (bacterium; acronym for Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory)

FUN WITH LATIN:

Aegrotocatellus Adrain & Edgecombe, 1995 (trilobite; literally "sick puppy", also see below under species)
Astrapotherium Burmeister, 1879 (fossil mammal; literally "lightning beast", but it was large, heavy, and slow)
Brontomerus Taylor, Wedel & Cifelli, 2011 (dinosaur; literally "thunder thigh")
Clitoria Linnaeus, 1753 (butterfly-pea)
Colepiocephale Sullivan, 2003 (dinosaur; literally "knucklehead")
Glans (snail)
Haimacystis Sumrall, Sprinkle, & Guensburg, 2001 (fossil crinoid; "Haimacystis is a compound of the Greek haima, flowing blood, and cystis, sac, referring to the blood dripping from superficial leg wounds suffered by one of the co-authors when the biggest slab of specimens described herein toppled over and almost crushed him.")
Labium Brulle, 1846 (wasp)
Longiphallus Riedel, 1958 (snail; subgenus of Oxychilus)
Ludodactylus Frey et al. 2003 (pterosaur; translates as "play pterodactyl", because it resembles the previously UNrealistic plastic toys that were based on the well-known Pteranodon, but possessed sharp teeth - which Pteranodon lacked)
Lycoperdon (puffball; literally "wolf-fart")
Mammillaria (cactus)
Megapnosaurus Ivie et al. 2002 (dinosaur; literally "big dead lizard" - even though it is somewhat small for a dinosaur - this genus was renamed by entomologists who noticed the original name, Syntarsus, was already preoccupied by a beetle)
Meretrix Lamarck (clam; type species was originally named "Venus meretrix" by Linnaeus, meaning "Venus the prostitute")
Moorochloa Veldkamp, 2004 (grass; dedicated to the Committee on Botanical Nomenclature of Spermatophytes, which refused to conserve the well-known name Brachiaria, suggesting instead that a new genus should be described - the new name translates as "fool grass")
Peneothello (robin; "pene-" means "almost", and the bird is almost black)
Pulchrapollia Dyke & Cooper 2000 (fossil parrot; translates to "Pretty Polly")
Proctaporia Morch, 1857 (nudibranch; synonymized)
Sanctacaris Briggs & Collins, 1988 (fossil chelicerate; literally "Santa claws")
Semen Hoffer, 1954 (encyrtid wasp)
Vagina Megerle, 1811 (clam; synonymized)

SIMPLY PLAYFUL, ACCIDENTAL HOMOPHONES, etc.:

Abudefduf Forsskal, 1775 (sergeant-major fish)
Afgoiogfa Argaman (wasp; palindrome)
Antimargarita Powell, 1951 (snail)
Antiplanes Dall, 1902 (mollusc)
Arses Lesson, 1830 (monarch flycatcher)
Barrellus Nelson & Bellamy, 1996 (buprestid beetle)
Blaps Fabricius (darkling beetle)
Boops Gronow, 1854 (porgy fish)
Boopsis Pierantoni, 1923 (nudibranch; synonymized)
Bugeranus Gloger, 1842 (the wattled crane)
Cracca Linnaeus, 1753 (goat's rue)
Cryomyia Hull, 1973 (bee fly)
Cylistix Marseul, 1857 (hister beetle)
Dasypops Miranda Ribeiro, 1924 (amphibian)
Eboo Reid, 1993 (leaf beetle)
Euerythra Harvey, 1876 (arctiid moth)
Eurygenius Ferté-Senectère, 1849 (Pedilid beetle)
Exix Mason, 1981 (braconid wasp)
Fartulum Carpenter, 1857 (snail)
Fukuia Abbott & Hunter, 1949 (snail)
Glutops Burgess, 1878 (horse fly)
Gopherus Rafinesque, 1815 (desert tortoise)
Hornia Riley, 1878 (meloid beetle)
Hypsypops Gill, 1861 (garibaldi fish)
Inkaka Girault, 1939 (chalcidoid wasp)
Ips De Geer, 1775 (bark beetle)
Ittys Girault, 1911 (microscopic parasitic wasps)
Kaniwhaniwhanus Boothroyd, 1998 (midge)
Leylaiya Efflatoun, 1945 (bee fly)
Mangina Kaleka & Kirti, 2001 (moth; you don't want to google this genus name, ever)
Mimetaster (fossil arthropod)
Mnoonema Motschulsky, 1863 (pteromalid wasp)
Mooa Girault, 1930 (chalcidoid wasp; synonymized)
Moodnodes Neunzig, 1990 (pyralid moth)
Norape Walker, 1855 (megalopygid moth)
Numonia Ragonot, 1893 (pyralid moth)
Oobius Trjapitsyn (chalcidoid wasp)
Oops Agassiz, 1846 (arachnid) and Oops Germar, 1848 (beetle)
Oozetetes De Santis (chalcidoid wasp)
Oreohelix (snail)
Partystona (darkling beetle)
Pnyxia (fly)
Poospiza (warbling-finch)
Prospheres (buprestid beetle)
Pupsikus (nudibranch)
Schizogenius (carabid beetle)
Seleborca Andrassy, 1985 (nematode; split off from genus Acrobeles)
Soranus Rafinesque, 1815 (fish)
Sors McAlpine, 2007 (fly)
Stinga Evans, 1955 (skipper)
Templemania Busck, 1940 (tortricid moth)
Texananus (leafhopper)
Ua Girault, 1929 (torymid wasp)
Xyzzors Inglis, 1966 (nematode)
Zingis Martens, 1878 (snail; now a subgenus)
Zyx Smit, 1953 (flea)
Zyxmyia Bowden, 1960 (bee fly)

RECORD-SETTERS:

Aa Reichenbach, 1858 and Aa Baker, 1940 (orchid and mollusc, respectively; very first generic names alphabetically in their respective kingdoms)
Aaaba Bellamy, 2002 (buprestid beetle)
Aegilops Hall, 1850 (mollusc; longest word with all letters in alphabetical order)
Cicadellidae (leafhoppers; longest name with all letters twice)
Gammaracanthuskytodermogammarus Dybowski, 1926 (amphipod; tie for longest genus name at 31 characters; see below for binomial)
Iouea de Laubenfels, 1955 (extinct sponge)
Kimmeridgebrachypteraeschnidium Fleck & Nel, 2003 (fossil dragonfly; tie for longest genus name)
Schtschurowskia Regel & Schmalhausen, 1882 (umbellifer; longest string of consonants excluding "y")
Zyzzyzus (hydroid; absolute last genus name alphabetically...at present)

Species:

PLAYS ON WORDS/PHRASES:

Abra cadabra Eames & Wilkins, 1957 (bivalve; now in genus Theora, but "Theora cadabra" just doesn't have the same ring)
Adetomyrma goblin Yoshimura & Fisher, 2012 (ant that drinks the "blood" of its own larvae)
Adonnadonna primadonna (siliceous microfossil; after a 60's pop song by Dionne & The Belmonts)
Agra blumax Erwin, 1983 (carabid beetle; pronounced "Blue Max")
Agra cadabra, Agra dable, Agra dation, Agra phite, Agra vate, Agra vation Erwin (carabid beetles)
Agra conhormigas Erwin, 2000 (carabid beetle; means "with ants" in Spanish)
Agra mime Erwin, 2000 (carabid beetle; looks like a different type of beetle)
Aha ha Menke, 1977 (wasp)
Amblyoproctus boondocksius Ratcliffe (scarab beetle from the middle of nowhere)
Apopyllus now Platnick & Shadab, 1984 (spider)
Axinota kyphosis and Tigrisomyia scoliosis Kirk-Spriggs, 2010 (hunchbacked flies)
Ba humbugi Solem, 1976 (snail from Mba Island)
Bombylius aureocookae Evenhuis, 1984 (bee fly; pronounced "Oreo cookie")
Carmenelectra shechisme Evenhuis, 2002 and Carmenelectra shehuggme Evenhuis, 2013 (fossil bee flies; he wishes!)
Castnia inca dinkadu Miller, 1972 (moth; Jimmy Durante reference)
Cephise nuspesez Burns (skipper; pronounced "new species")
Chaos chaos Linnaeus, 1767 (amoeba)
Chrysops asbestos and C. balzaphire Philip (horseflies)
Cibotium barometz Linnaeus (woolly fern; the barometz, or Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, was a fictional plant whose fruit grew into sheep which, while connected to the plant by an umbilical cord, grazed the area around it. Rhizomes growing up from a woolly common base of the actual fern can form the shape of an inverted lamb)
Cnemaspis psychedelica Grismer et al., 2010 (nicely colored Vietnamese gecko)
Colon forceps Hatch, 1957 (leoidid beetle; genus includes species such as Colon rectum, Colon monstrosum, Colon grossum, Colon horni, and other suggestive combinations)
Cyanea kuhihewa Lammers, 1996 (Hawaiian bellflower; the Hawaiian verb kuhihewa means "to make an error of judgment, to mistake someone for someone else, to not recognize someone when you first see him" - the species was at first thought by its collectors to be a rediscovery of a presumably extinct species, but only on closer study was it determined to be a new species)
Cyclocephala nodanotherwon Ratcliffe (scarab beetle)
Desulforudis audaxviator Chivian et al., 2008 (bacterium from deep underground in South African gold mine; after a quotation in Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth")
Didemnum gintonicum Eldredge, 1966 (tunicate; named after the author's favorite drink)
Diplocraterion yoyo (trace fossil that loops up and down)
Dissup irae Kovalev, 1989 (a "difficult to see" fossil fly)
Dziwneono etcetera Dworakowska, 1972 (leafhopper; in addition to the unusual epithet, the generic name means "It is strange" in Polish)
Enema pan Fabricius, 1775 (rhinoceros beetle)
Erythroneura ix Myers (leafhopper; now synonymized - it was his 9th species of Erythroneura)
Eophileurus tetraspermexitus Ratcliffe (scarab beetle with cross-like male genital opening)
Eubetia bigaulae Brown (tortricid moth; pronounced "yubetcha bygolly")
Eubetia boop Brown (tortricid moth)
Euglossa bazinga Nemésio & Ferrari, 2012 (orchid bee, after the TV character Sheldon Cooper's catchphrase)
Extra extra Jousseaume, 1894 (snail; a somewhat gray literature publication on the taxon was titled "Extra extra: Read All About It!")
Gelae baen, Gelae belae, Gelae donut, Gelae fish, Gelae rol Miller & Wheeler, 2004 (fungus beetles)
Habeas corpus Simone, 2013 (cave snail)
Heerz lukenatcha Marsh, 1993 (braconid wasp)
Heerz tooya Marsh, 1993 (braconid wasp)
Helobdella nununununojensis Siddall 2001 (leech; from Nununununoj, a Quechua placename, "The Place of Very Bare Breasts", from Nunu meaning nipple)
Holorusia brobdingnagius (world's largest crane fly; after the Brobdingnags, the giants in "Gulliver's Travels")
Hortipes terminator Bosselaers & Jocque, 2000 (spider; male palpi resemble a "futuristic gun")
Hyppa potamus Troubridge & Lafontaine, 2004 (moth)
Indri indri (lemur; according to some sources, "indri" is Malagasy for "Look!")
Kamera lens Woodcock, 1917 (protist)
Kikimora palustris Eskov, 1988 (spider; "Kikimora" is a dangerous female spirit in Slavic mythology who lives in marshes, and "palustris" means "of a marsh")
La cerveza Landry (pyralid moth)
La cucuracha and La paloma Blezynski, 1966 (pyralid moths)
Lalapa lusa Pate, 1946 (tiphiid wasp)
Lasioglossum izawsum Gibbs, 2011 (cleptoparasitic sweat bee; pronounced as "is awesome")
Lycaena fascista Turati, 1927 (butterfly; synonymized)
Mucha tzokotucha Ozerov, 1992 (fly; after a fly character in a Russian folktale: "mucha" means "fly", and "tzokotucha" is the character's nickname for himself)
Myzocallis kahawaluokalani Kirkaldy, 1907 (aphid; in Hawaiian, the name supposedly means "you fish on your side of the lagoon, I'll fish on the other, and no one will fish in the middle")
Oedipus complex (salamander; now in genus Oedipina)
Oedipus rex (salamander)
Ohmyia omya Thompson, 1999 (syrphid fly)
Panama canalia Marsh, 1993 (braconid wasp)
Phthiria relativitae Evenhuis, 1985 (bee fly; now in genus Oligodranes)
Pieza deresistans, Pieza kake, Pieza pi, Pieza rhea Evenhuis, 2002 (bee flies)
Pison eu and Pison eyvae Menke, 1988 (wasps)
Preseucoela imallshookupis Buffington, 2004 (wasp; genus and epithet honoring Elvis)
Pseudatrichia atombomba Kelsey, 1969 (window fly; described from Alamogordo, New Mexico)
Reissa roni Evenhuis & Baez 2001 (bee fly)
Riga toni Evenhuis 2013 (bee fly)
Selenochlamys ysbryda Rowson & Symondson, 2008 (Welsh ghost slug; from the Welsh "ysbryd", meaning ghost or spirit, referring to the fact that it is rarely seen, is white in color, and is nocturnal)
Smok wawelski Niedzwiedzki, Sulej & Dzik, 2011 (dinosaur; after Smok wawelski, "the dragon of Wawel Hill", a famous dragon in Polish folklore)
Strategus longichomperus Ratcliffe (scarab beetle with long mandibles)
Tabanus nippontucki Philip, 1942 (horsefly; described during the bombing of Pearl Harbor)
Tabanus rhizonshine Philip, 1954 (horsefly)
Stentorceps vuvuzela Nielsen & Buffington, 2011 (Figitid wasp with horn on its head resembling the infamous "musical" instrument)
Trichogramma itsybitsi Pinto & Stouthamer 2002 (tiny parasitic wasp)
Trombicula doremi and Trombicula fasolla Brennan & Beck, 1955 (chiggers)
Tyrannasorus rex Ratcliffe & Ocampo 2001 (scarab beetle)
Verae peculya Marsh, 1993 (braconid wasp)
Victoria regina (water lily)
Villa manillae Evenhuis, 1993 (bee fly)
Vini vidivici Steadman & Zarriello, 1987 (a recently extinct parrot)
Ytu brutus Spangler, 1980 (beetle)

INTERESTING HONORIFICS:

Achelousaurus horneri Sampson, 1995 (a hornless ceratopsian dinosaur; the genus is named for Achelous, a Greek river god whose horn was broken in a battle with Heracles, and the species name is for paleontologist Jack Horner, and also - in a clever bit of wordplay - "replaces the lost horn")
Adelomyrmex vaderi Fernández, 2003 (ant)
Aegrotocatellus jaggeri and Perirehaedulus richardsi Adrain & Edgecombe, 1995 (trilobites; see above regarding Aegrotocatellus)
Agaporomorphus colberti Miller & Wheeler, 2008 (diving beetle; after Stephen Colbert)
Agathidium bushi, A. cheneyi, and A. rumsfeldi Miller & Wheeler, 2005 (slime-mold beetles)
Agathidium vaderi Miller & Wheeler, 2005 (slime-mold beetle; named for its "broad, shiny, helmetlike head")
Agra dax, A. eponine, and A. lilu Erwin, 2000 (carabid beetles; after fictional females: "Dax" from Deep Space Nine; the urchin in Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables"; "Lilu" in "The Fifth Element")
Agra catbellae, A. katewinsletae, A. liv, and A. schwarzeneggeri Erwin, 2002 (carabid beetles; after Catherine Bell, Kate Winslet, Liv Tyler, and Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Agra cobra, A. falcon, A. ichabod, A. othello, A. piranha, A. sasquatch, A. smurf, A. yeti, A. yoda, and A. yodella Erwin (carabid beetles)
Agra eowilsoni Erwin, 1998 (carabid beetle; after E.O. Wilson)
Albunea groeningi Boyko, 2002 (mole crab; after "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, "to honor his extensive promotion of crustacean issues in the popular media")
Aleiodes gaga Butcher et al., 2012 (braconid wasp from Thailand; after performer Lady Gaga)
Aleiodes colberti, A. elleni, A. falloni, A. frosti, A. shakirae, A. stewarti, and A. tzantza Shimbori & Shaw, 2014 (braconid wasps; after Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, poet Robert Frost, Shakira, Jon Stewart, and the Shuar word for the ritual of reducing heads by a mummification process)
Amaurotoma zappa and Anomphalus jaggerius Plas, 1972 (fossil snails; after Frank Zappa and Mick Jagger)
Amphinema rollinsi Widmer, 2007 (jellyfish; after musician Henry Rollins)
Ampulex dementor Ohl, 2014 (wasp that parasitizes roaches after stinging their brains to rob them of volition; after "Harry Potter" monsters called "Dementors" - the name was selected by public visitors to a special museum event)
Anacroneuria carole and A. taylori Stark, 2004 (stoneflies; after Carole King and James Taylor, respectively)
Anatoma tobeyoides Geiger & Jansen, 2004 (snail; after American abstract expressionist Mark Tobey, because the sculpture of the snail shell is reminiscent of his work)
Anelosimus nelsoni Agnarsson, 2006 (South African spider; after Nelson Mandela)
Anhanguera spielbergi Veldmeijer, 2003 (fossil pterosaur; after Steven Spielberg)
Anillinus docwatsoni Sokolov & Carlton, 2004 (blind beetle from the North Carolina Appalachians; after Doc Watson, a blind musician from the North Carolina Appalachians)
Anophthalmus hitleri (blind cave beetle; endangered, mostly by collectors of Hitler memorabilia)
Aphis mizzou Lagos et al., 2012 (aphid known only from the campus of the University of Missouri)
Apolysis humbugi Evenhuis, 1985 (fly from Humbug Creek)
Aptostichus angelinajolieae and A. stephencolberti Bond, 2008 (trapdoor spiders)
Aptostichus barackobamai, A. bonoi, A. chavezi, A. dorothealangeae, A. edwardabbeyi, A. killerdana, A. muiri, A. pennjillettei, A. sarlacc, and A. sinnombre Bond, 2012 (trapdoor spiders, honoring - respectively - a president, a singer, a civil rights leader, a photojournalist, an environmentalist, a surfing spot, a naturalist, a comedian/skeptic, a fictional monster that lives underground, and no name at all)
Arcticalymene viciousi, A. rotteni, A. jonesi, A. cooki, A. matlocki Adrain & Edgecombe, 1997 (trilobites; for the uninitiated, the Sex Pistols)
Arthurdactylus conandoylei Frey & Martill, 1994 (Brazilian fossil pterosaur)
Atlascopcosaurus loadsi Rich & Vickers-Rich, 1989 (dinosaur; after the company, Atlas Copco, that provided excavation equipment used to obtain the fossils, and the company manager who assisted them, William Loads)
Avahi cleesei Thalmann & Geissmann, 2005 (lemur; after John Cleese, a known lemur aficionado)
Avalanchurus lennoni, A. starri, and Struszia mccartneyi Edgecombe & Chatterton, 1993 (trilobites)
Avalanchurus simoni and A. garfunkeli Adrain & Edgecombe, 1997 (trilobites)
Baeturia laureli and B. hardyi De Boer, 1986 (cicadas)
Bagheera kiplingi Peckham & Peckham, 1986 (jumping spider; after Rudyard Kipling)
Barbaturex morrisoni Head et al., 2013 (giant fossil lizard; genus name means "bearded king" - after "The Doors" lead singer Jim Morrison, who proclaimed himself "The Lizard King")
Baru darrowi Willis, Murray, & Megirian, 1990 (fossil crocodile; genus after aboriginal name for crocodile, epithet after actor Paul Darrow)
Bidenichthys beeblebroxi Paulin, 1995 (a triplefin blenny fish with false head; after Zaphod Beeblebrox, character from "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" with two heads)
Bobkabata kabatabobbus Hogans & Benz, 1990 (parasitic copepod named after Bob Kabata)
Brachypanorpa sacajawea Byers, 1990 (scorpionfly)
Bufonaria borisbeckeri Parth, 1996 (sea snail; rumors that Boris Becker PAID to have it named after him are untrue)
Bugula bowiei Vieira et al., 2012 (bryozoan)
Bushiella beatlesi Rzhavsky, 1993 (annelid)
Caloplaca obamae Knudsen, 2009 (lichen; after Barack Obama)
Calponia harrisonfordi Platnick (spider)
Campsicnemus charliechaplini Evenhuis, 1996 (dolichopodid fly; named "because of the curious tendency of this fly to die with its midlegs in a bandy-legged position")
Campsicnemus uncleremus Evenhuis, 2000 (another dolichopodid fly)
Captaincookia margaretae Halle (Rubiaceae from New Caledonia)
Carukia barnesi (Australian jellyfish; named for the doctor who, upon discovering this species and wishing to determine if it were responsible for a local medical syndrome affecting swimmers, allowed it to sting himself, his son, and a volunteer - all of whom spent hours in agony as a result, confirming the hypothesis)
Cedrorestes crichtoni Gilpin et al., 2007 (dinosaur; after "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton)
Chiromantes garfunkel Davie & Ng, 2013 (bright-eyed crab from Christmas Islands; named for Art Garfunkel's song "Bright eyes")
Chupacabrachelys complexus Lehman & Wick, 2010 (fossil turtle; its skull resembles a mangy coyote believed to be responsible for chupacabra sightings, and the epithet refers to "The Complex" tour of the Blue Man Group, which entertained the authors during their work)
Cirolana mercuryi Bruce, 2004 (isopod; after Freddie Mercury)
Colletes gandhi Kuhlmann, 2003 (bee)
Conus tribblei (cone snail; named for a cat called "Tribbles" who had been named for Star Trek's furry, prolific "tribbles")
Crikey steveirwini Stanisic, 2009 (an Australian snail)
Cryptocercus garciai Burnside, Smith, & Kambhampati, 1998 (wood roach; after Jerry Garcia)
Cuspicephalus scarfi Martill & Etches, 2011 (pointy-nosed pterosaur, as the genus name implies; epithet after Gerald Scarfe, whose caricatures often have pointy noses)
Cyanea pohaku Lammers, 1988 (Hawaiian bellflower; "pohaku" is Hawaiian for "rock", which botanist Joseph Rock, who discovered this plant, had adopted as a sobriquet)
Cyclocepahala casanova Ratcliffe & Cave, 2009 (scarab beetle with prominent heart-shaped marking)
Cyclocephala freudi Endrödi, 1963 (scarab beetle)
Cyclocephala rorschachoides Ratcliffe (scarab beetle with an amorphous black blob marking)
Cypraea isabella Linnaeus (snail, "Isabella's cowrie"; Linnaeus named this parchment colored, brown-streaked, cowrie after the color 'Isabella' which in turn was named for the soiled calico of Archduchess Isabella of Austria, who vowed not to change her underwear until her father, Philip II, won the siege of Ostend. The siege lasted 3 years!)
Cystomastacoides kiddo and C. nicolepeelerae Quicke et al., 2013 (braconid wasps; named after the "Kill Bill" protagonist and Quicke's favorite author, respectively)
Danionella dracula Britz (Burmese fish with bone "fangs")
Dasykaluta rosamondae Ride, 1964 (marsupial mouse with reddish fur, from a sheep farm called Woodstock Station, living in prickly bushes; named after King Henry II's red-headed mistress Rosamond, who was kept locked in the Royal Manor of Woodstock surrounded by a maze of prickly hedges)
Depressizona exorum Geiger, 2003 (snail; after the Dutch band "The Ex")
Desmodus draculae Morgan, Linares & Ray, 1988 (extinct South American vampire bat)
Diamantinasaurus matildae Hocknull et al., 2009 (Australian dinosaur; after the folk song "Waltzing Matilda")
Diamphipnoa colberti Stark, 2008 (stonefly; after Stephen Colbert)
Doronomyrmex pocahontas Buschinger, 1979 (ant)
Dracula diabola, D. nosferatu, and D. vampira Luer, 1978 (orchids)
Draculoides bramstokeri Harvey & Humphreys, 1995 (spider)
Dysnocryptus balthasar, D. gaspar, and D. melchior Holloway (weevils from Three Kings' Islands)
Echinobothrium dougbermani Caira et al., 2013 (tapeworm; the authors explained "This species honors National Public Radio's Doug Berman, for there is no better entertainment while sitting at a microscope drawing new tapeworms than his creations "Car Talk" and "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me")
Effigia okeeffeae Nesbitt, 2007 (dinosaur from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, near where Georgia O'Keeffe lived)
Elysia manriquei (sea slug; after artist Cesar Manrique "for the architecture and colorful designs of its body")
Ereboporus naturaconservatus Miller, Gibson & Alarie 2009 (water beetle that lives in a single underground spring; after the Nature Conservancy, which holds the property)
Erechthias beeblebroxi Robinson & Nelson, 1993 (tineid moth with false head; see Bidenichthys beeblebroxi above)
Eristalis alleni and E. gatesi Thompson, 1997 (hover flies; after Microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates)
Etheostoma clinton, E. gore, E. jimmycarter, E. obama and E. teddyroosevelt Mayden & Layman, 2012 (darters)
Falliellus richardi Bellamy, 2001 (beetle; after Richard Fall, founder of the entomological supply company used by the author)
Fernandocrambus chopinellus Bleszynski, 1967 (pyralid moth)
Fiordichthys slartibartfasti Paulin, 1995 (triplefin blenny fish, named after another "Hitchhiker's" character who designed fjords)
Gaga germanotta and Gaga monstraparva Pryer et al., 2012 (ferns; the genus named after the performer, Lady Gaga, the former epithet referring to her family name, the other referring to her fans - called "little monsters")
Gazella bilkis Groves & Lay, 1985 (recently extinct Yemeni gazelle; for Bilkis, the Queen of Sheba, which may have been Yemen)
Geragnostus waldorfstatleri Turvey, 2005 (trilobite whose tail resembles the heads of Waldorf and Statler of "The Muppet Show")
Gnathia marleyi Sikkel, 2012 (parasitic isopod from the Caribbean)
Greeffiella beatlei Lorenzen, 1969 (nematode)
Han solo Turvey, 2005 (trilobite)
Heteropoda davidbowie Jäger, 2008 (a spider, but not from Mars)
Hoia hoi Avdeev & Kazatchenko, 1986 (parasitic copepod; named after Ju-Shey Ho)
Hydroscapha redfordi Maier, Ivie, Johnson, & Maddison, 2010 (aquatic beetle; after Robert Redford, who portrayed Jeremiah Johnson, after whom the authors believed the hot springs where the beetle lives were named)
Hyla stingi Kaplan, 1994 (tree frog; named after Sting for his efforts on behalf of rain forests)
Hyloscirtus princecharlesi Coloma et al., 2012 (tree frog)
Hypocaccus kidpaddlei Gomy 2007 (beetle; after "Kid Paddle," a Franco-Belgian comic, because the beetle looks like a "blork", a monster from the Kid Paddle videogame)
Irritator challengeri Martill et al., 1996 (dinosaur; named after the annoying Professor Challenger from Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World")
Kalloprion kilmisteri Eriksson, 2006 (fossil polychaete; after Lemmy Kilmister of the band Motorhead)
Kerevata jamesmayi, K. clarksoni and K. hammondi Butcher et al., 2014 (braconid wasps; after the stars of the TV show "Top Gear")
Kerygmachela kierkegaardi Budd, 1998 (fossil marine arthropod)
Kootenichela deppi Legg, 2013 (fossil marine arthropod; after Johnny Depp, as it possessed scissor-like appendages)
Khruschevia ridicula Flower (worm; named to show the author's dislike)
Leonardo davincii Blezynski, 1965 (pyralid moth)
Lepidopa luciae Boyko, 2002 (sand crab; after crabby "Peanuts" character Lucy van Pelt)
Lepithrix freudi Schein, 1959 (scarab beetle)
Livyatan melvillei Lambert et al., 2010 (fossil whale)
Mackenziurus johnnyi, M. joeyi, M. deedeei, M. ceejayi Adrain & Edgecombe, 1997 (trilobites; for the uninitiated, The Ramones)
Madeleinea lolita Balint, 1993 and Pseudolucia humbert Balint & Johnson, 1995 (lycaenid butterflies in a group studied by Nabokov, who first named the genus Pseudolucia)
Malo kingi Gershwin, 2007 (jellyfish; after Robert King, an American tourist who died in Australia after being stung by this then-unknown species)
Marshiella lettermani Shaw, 2000 (braconid wasp; after David Letterman)
Masiakasaurus knopfleri Sampson et al., 2001 (fossil theropod; after Mark Knopfler)
Mastophora dizzydeani Eberhard, 1984 (spider that whirls a sticky ball on the end of a thread to catch its prey)
Medusaceratops lokii Ryan, Russell & Hartman, 2010 (dinosaur; specifically referring to the Medusa from the original "Clash of the Titans" movie, and the helmet of the Marvel Comics villain Loki, due to the spikes and snake-like projections of the skull)
Megachile chomskyi Sheffield, 2013 (leafcutter bee; after author Noam Chomsky)
Megalara garuda Kimsey & Ohl, 2012 (giant wasp with huge jaws from Indonesia; after Garuda, mythical warrior-king of flying things, and national symbol of Indonesia)
Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni Fraaije et al., 2012 (fossil hermit crab)
Microchilo elgrecoi and M. murilloi Bleszynski, 1966 (pyralid moths; named after baroque painters)
Mitra kamehameha Pilsbry, 1921 (mollusc; after King Kamehameha I)
Mozartella beethoveni Girault, 1926 (Encyrtid wasp)
Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi Bond & Platnick, 2007 (trapdoor spider)
Myrmekiaphila tigris Bond & Ray, 2012 (trapdoor spider; after the mascot of Auburn University, near where the holotype was collected)
Nanocthulhu lovecrafti Buffington, 2012 (Figitid wasp with a multi-pronged face)
Napoleonaea imperialis (bromeliad)
Neoperla teresa Stark, 2008 (stonefly; after Teresa Heinz Kerry, a noted environmentalist and philanthropist)
Neopilina galatheae (archaic snail; named after the deep-sea exploration vessel Galathea)
Norasaphus monroeae Fortey & Shergold, 1984 (hourglass-shaped trilobite)
Oenonites zappae Eriksson, 1997 (fossil polychaete)
Orectochilus orbisonorum Miller, Mazzoldi, & Wheeler, 2008 (whirligig beetle; after Roy Orbison and his wife)
Orontobia dalailama De Freina, 1997 (tiger moth from Tibet)
Orsonwelles othello, O. macbeth, O. falstaffius, O. ambersonorum Hormiga 2002 (spiders; named after famous Orson Welles roles)
Otocinclus batmani Lehmann, 2006 (catfish with bat-shaped mark near its tail)
Oxybelus cocacolae Verhoeff, 1968 (fly-eating sand wasp)
Pachygnatha zappa Bosmans & Bosselaers, 1994 (spider "with a Zappa-moustache-like black mark on the ventral side of the abdomen")
Paragordius obamai Hanelt et al., 2012 (hairworm; after Barack Obama)
Paramphientomum yumyum Enderlein, 1907 (Japanese barklouse; after the character Yum-yum in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado")
Pheidole harrisonfordi and P. mooreorum Wilson 2002 (ants; Harrison Ford served as Vice Chairman of Conservation International, and Wilson honored him with a new ant species, and named another after Gordon Moore, founder of Intel, and his wife, for their environmental philanthropy)
Pheidole eowilsoni Longino, 2009 (ant; after E.O. Wilson)
Phialella zappai Boero, 1987 (jellyfish; named as part of Boero's plan to meet Frank Zappa)
Pimoa cthulhu Hormiga, 1994 (spider; named after H.P. Lovecraft's most evil, dreadful, and hideous fictional creation)
Poanes hobomok Harris, 1862 (skipper butterfly; after the Native American guide and translator)
Polemistus chewbacca and P. vaderi Menke, 1983 (wasps)
Polypterus mokelembembe Schafer & Schliewen 2006 (Congolese reedfish; after the mythical Congolese creature "Mokele-mbembe")
Proceratium google Fisher, 2005 (ant; honors the mapping software Fisher used in his research)
Pristionchus maxplancki Kanzaki et al., 2013 (nematode; the researchers were affiliated with the Max Planck Institute)
Psephophorus terrypratchetti Kohler, 1995 (fossil turtle; Pratchett's Discworld stories are set in a world carried on the back of a giant turtle)
Pseudione quasimodo Boyko & Williams, 2004 (humpbacked isopod)
Pseudocorinna alligator, P. felix and P. brianeno Jocque & Bosselaers, 2011 (spiders; the first two for their head shapes, the latter for the musician)
Pseudoparamys cezannei Hartenberger, 1987 (extinct rodent)
Pterostichus mujahedeeni and P. talibani Savich, 1999 (ground beetles from Afghanistan)
Qiliania graffini Ji et al., 2011 (fossil bird; after punk rocker paleontologist Greg Graffin)
Quetzalcoatlus northropi Lawson, 1975 (pterosaur; Quetzalcoatl was the Aztec god of the air and Northrop was an aircraft designer)
Roberthoffstetteria nationalgeographica (fossil vertebrate)
Rooseveltia frankliniana Cook (palm; after Franklin D. Roosevelt; synonymized)
Rosenblattia robusta Mead & De Falla (a robust deep-sea fish named for the equally robust Richard Rosenblatt of Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Rostropria garbo Early (diapriid wasp; described from "a solitary female")
Salinoctomys loschalchalerosorum Mares et al., 2000 (endangered Argentinian rat; after Argentinian band)
Salvia leninae Epling, 1941 (named after the mule that carried the collector of the new species on his field trips)
Salmonella enterica mjordan (a strain of intestinal bacteria named after basketball superstar Michael Jordan)
Scaptia beyonceae Lessard, 2012 (a horse fly; "It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly's abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyoncé")
Scoterpes jackdanieli Shear, 2010 (millipede from a cave on the grounds of the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee)
Scrophularia landroveri Wendelbo, 1964 (a figwort from Afghanistan, honoring the author's mode of field transportation)
Serendipaceratops arthurcclarkei Rich & Vickers-Rich, 2003 (dinosaur; after Arthur C. Clarke and Clarke's adoptive country, Sri Lanka - formerly known as "Serendip")
Sinemys gamera Brinkman & Peng, 1993 (fossil turtle from Japan; named for the giant, flying, fire-breathing Japanese movie turtle - its shell even sports two sweptback 'winglike' projections)
Sorolopha bruneiregalis Tuck & Robinson, 1994 (tortricid moth; after Royal Brunei Airlines)
Spongiforma squarepantsii Desjardins et al., 2011 (fungus; after Spongebob)
Stasimopus mandelai Hendrixson & Bond, 2004 (South African spider, after Nelson Mandela)
Stenotabanus sputnikulus Philip, 1958 (a fly; named for Sputnik)
Stentorceps weedlei Nielsen & Buffington, 2011 (Figitid wasp with horn on its head resembling the Pokemon character, "Weedle")
Strigiphilus garylarsoni Clayton (owl louse)
Stylaclista quasimodo Early (diapriid wasp)
Sula abbotti costelloi Steadman, Schubel & Pahlavan, 1988 (a recently extinct booby)
Sylvilagus palustris hefneri Lazell, 1984 (a "bunny")
Taeniopteryx mercuryi Fochetti & Nicolai, 1996 (winter stonefly; after Freddie Mercury)
Terebellides sepultura Garrafoni & Lana, 2003 (polychaete; after Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura)
Tetragnatha quasimodo (humpbacked Hawaiian spider)
Tetramorium adamsi, T. elf, and T. jedi Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2012 (ants; the former after "Hitchhiker's Guide" author, the others self-explanatory)
Tianyulong confuciusi Zheng et al., 2009 (Chinese dinoasaur)
Tinkerbella nana Huber, 2013 (mymarid wasp, a.k.a. a "fairyfly")
Tritonia khaleesi Vasconcelos Silva et al., 2013 (sea slug; after "Game of Thrones" character)
Trypanosoma irwini McInnes et al., 2009 (trypanosome; after Steve Irwin)
Vampyressa brocki Peterson, 1968 (South American bat named for philanthropist, adventurer, and former "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" co-host Stan Brock)
Villa sodom Williston, 1893 (bee fly)
Walckenaeria pinocchio Kaston, 1945 (spider with a long "nose")
Wallacea darwini Hill, 1919 (stratiomyid fly; named for the co-discoverers of natural selection)
Xanthosomnium froesei Sime & Wahl, 2002 (ichneumonid wasp; "Xanthosomnium" means "Tangerine Dream", the band of which Edgar Froese was a founding member)
Xenox simson Fabricius, 1805, followed up by Xenox delila Loew, 1869 (bee flies)
Zaglossus attenboroughi Flannery & Groves, 1998 (presumed extinct echidna; after David Attenborough)

ACRONYMS AND SUCH:

Afropolonia tgifi Goff, 1983 (chigger)
Agra bci, A. biolat, A. catie, A. inbio and A. inpa Erwin (carabid beetles; acronyms for "Barro Colorado Island", "Biodiversity in Latin America", "Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza", "Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad", "Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia")
Apterichtus [sic] ansp Boehlke (named for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia)
Atalodera ucri Wouts & Sher, 1971 and Gonatocerus ucri Triapitsyn, 2013 (nematode, and mymarid wasp; acronym for University of California, Riverside)
Baileya ellessyoo Brou, 2004 (moth; named for Louisiana State University - LSU)
Drinker nisti Bakker (dinosaur; acronym for National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Glyptospira arelela Plas, 1972 (fossil snail; epithet is a phonetic version of the initials of Plas' colleague R.L. Langenheim, Jr.)
Heterodera mani (nematode; acronym for Ministry of Agriculture, Northern Ireland)
Lasioglossum gattaca Danforth & Wcislo (sweat bee; named after part of its DNA base sequence, GATTACA)
Meloidogyne naasi (nematode; acronym for National Agricultural Advisory Service)
Natalichthys ori Winterbottom, 1980 (fish; genus name is "fish from Natal", epithet is acronym for Oceanographic Research Institute of Durban, South Africa)
Natalichthys sam Winterbottom, 1980 (fish; acronym for South African Museum, where the specimen was found)
Physalaemus enesefae Heatwole, Solano, & Heatwole, 1965 (frog; named after National Science Foundation)
Thomasomys apeco Leo & Gardner, 1993 (mouse; acronym for Asociacion Peruana para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza)
Tianchisaurus nedegoapeferima Dong, 1993 (fragmentary ankylosaur fossil; the epithet is a quasi-acronym based on the names of people involved in "Jurassic Park" - NEil, DErn, GOldblum, Attenborough, PEck, FERrero, rIchards, and MAzzello)
Trichogramma esalqueanum Querino & Zucchi 2003 (wasp; acronym for Escola Superior de Agricultura "Luiz de Queiroz" - where the authors work)
Trombicula fujigmo Philip & Tucker, 1950 (chigger; ask any WWII U.S. veteran what "fujigmo" stands for)

FUN WITH LATIN:

Alysicarpus vaginalis (plant)
Amorphophallus titanum (giant aroid, the world's largest flower; other suggestively-named species in the same genus include impressus, elegans, pygmaeus, maximus, minor, gigas, odoratus, pendulus, rugosus, etc.)
Angelica archangelica Schrank, 1818 (umbellifer; synonymized)
Arca noae (clam; means Noah's Ark)
Argonauta argo (paper nautilus)
Ascolepis erythrocephala Hooper, 1983 (red-flowered sedge; epithet means "red head" and also honors the discoverer Edgar Milne-Redhead)
Attalea vitrivir Zona (palm; "vitri" = glass and "vir" = man, honoring palm specialist Sydney Glassman, since the name "glassmanii" was already taken)
Boselaphus tragocamelus Pallas (nilgai, an Indian antelope; translates to "ox-deer goat-camel")
Bothriomyrmex decapitans Santschi, 1920 (parasitic ant species whose queens allow themselves to be dragged into the nests of other ants, where they climb onto the acting queen and gnaw her head off, then taking her place)
Bothriomyrmex regicidus Santschi, 1919 (parasitic ant species whose queens invade the nests of other ants and release a pheromone that provokes the workers into killing the real queen, so the parasite can take over)
Brachyanax thelestrephones Evenhuis, 1981 (fly; Greek for "little chief nipple twister")
Callicebus aureipalatii Wallace, 2005 (a titi monkey; "aureipalatii" meaning "of the Golden Palace", honoring the company that placed the high bid - US$650,000 - in a fund-raising auction for the Bolivian National Park in which the monkey was discovered)
Capparis cynophallophora (Jamaican caper)
Celmus michaelmus Adrain & Fortey, 1997 (trilobite whose abdominal apex looks like a Mouseketeer hat)
Ceraeochrysa michaelmuris Adams & Penny (lacewing whose abdominal apex looks like a Mouseketeer hat)
Chaetopterus pugaporcinus Osborn, 2007 (worm; epithet means "pig rump")
Chloridops regiskongi James & Olson, 1991 (large, extinct Hawaiian finch)
Confuciusornis sanctus Hou et al., 1995 (dinosaur; translates as "Holy Confucius' Bird")
Crepidula fornicata (slipper shell which forms stacks of individuals)
Cribrarula gravida Moretzsohn, 2002 (snail; gravida means pregnant in Portuguese, and the author's wife was pregnant at the time he discovered the species, whose shell is inflated, resembling a pregnant woman's womb - by coincidence, his wife found out she was pregnant again the same week the description was published)
Csiromedusa medeopolis (jellyfish; genus is for Australian research facility CSIRO, epithet is Greek for "city of gonads")
Eriogonum inflatum var. deflatum Johnston (buckwheat)
Cuterebra emasculator Fitch, 1856 (bot fly which consumes the host rodent's testes)
Cuterebra sterilator Lugger, 1897 (ditto)
Dicrotendipes thanatogratus Epler, 1987 (midge; epithet means "Grateful Dead")
Dracorex hogwartsia Bakker et al., 2006 (dinosaur; means "Dragon king of Hogwart's")
Equus hemionus (the Onager or Asiatic Wild Ass; "Hemionus" translates to "half-ass")
Eucritta melanolimnetes Clark, 1998 (fossil amphibian; translates as "true creature from the black lagoon")
Exetastes fornicator Fabricius, 1781 (ichneumon wasp)
Funkotriplogynium iagobadius Seeman & Walter, 1997 (mite; "Iago" = James and "badius" = brown)
Gargantuavis philoinis Buffetaut & Le Loeuff, 1998 (fossil flightless bird; translates to "wine-loving Gargantua bird" - after a bibulous giant in Rabelais' "Gargantua and Pantagruel")
Geoballus caputalbus Crabill, 1969 (millipede named after its collectors, George Ball and Donald Whitehead)
Glossus humanus (heart cockle, but name means "human tongue")
Gluteus minimus Davis & Semken, 1975 (Devonian fossil of uncertain affinities)
Gorgonocephalus medusae (basket star; "Gorgonocephalus" means "Gorgon-headed" - Medusa was one of the snake-haired Gorgons, whose head was cut off by Perseus)
Labia minor Linnaeus (earwig)
Lactarius nonfungus (a fish)
Lactarius nonpiscis (a fungus)
Macrocarpaea dies-viridis Grant, 2007 (gentian; after the band "Green Day")
Materpiscis attenboroughi Long et al., 2008 (fish; the type specimen was preserved giving birth, and the genus name means "mother fish"; David Attenborough drew attention to the site where the fossil was later found on his "Life on Earth" series)
Metallichneumon neurospastarchus Wahl & Sime, 2002 (ichneumonid wasp; "neurospastarchus" means "Master of Puppets," an album by the band Metallica, but also refers to the larval wasp's manipulation of its insect host)
Mexicope sushara Bruce, 2004 (isopod; "The epithet combines the Latin words sus (pig) and hara (pen, coop or sty) and alludes to the ability of these preserved specimens to collect adherent detritus; referring to the character 'Pigpen' in the famous comic strip Peanuts, who gathered dirt no matter what")
Moira atropos (heart urchin; the Moirae are also known as the Three Fates: Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos)
Monochamus titillator Fabricius (longhorned beetle)
Nessiteras rhombopteryx (meaningless "scientific" name coined for the mythical Loch Ness Monster - literally means "Rhomboid-finned Ness Monster", but is also an anagram for "Monster hoax by Sir Peter S" - referring to Sir Peter Scott, who helped coin the name!)
Ovula ovum (mollusc commonly called the Egg Shell)
Pelecanus occidentalis urinator Wetmore, 1945 (the Galapagos brown pelican)
Penicillus penis Linnaeus, 1758 (mollusc)
Penicillus vaginiferus Lamarck, 1818 (mollusc)
Phallus daemonicum and Phallus impudicus (Stinkhorn fungi)
Phallus drewesii Desjardin, 2009 (five-centimeter-long stinkhorn fungus; named, with permission, for herpetologist Robert Drewes, who - with very good humor - said "I am utterly delighted... The funny thing is that it is the second smallest known mushroom in this genus and it grows sideways, almost limp.")
Piseinotecus divae Er. Marcus, 1955 (gastropod; "Piseinotecus" means "I stepped on Teco" - Teco was a dog belonging to a woman named Diva, and one of the Marcuses stepped on the dog on the way to the kitchen in the middle of the night)
Saguinus oedipus oedipus Linnaeus, 1758 (cotton-top tamarin; evidently, in this endangered species, male offspring display unhealthy attachments to their mothers, but this was only learned after the species was named)
Scrotum humanum Brookes, 1763 (the first dinosaur fossil ever given its own scientific name, but described before anyone had ever heard of dinosaurs, so the author thought it was the fossilized remains of a giant's genitals; today, this is known as Megalosaurus)
Spigelia genuflexa Popovkin & Struwe 2011 (Brazilian plant that bends down and plants its own seeds)
Tessmannianthus quadridomius Wurdack, 1989 (flower; after botanist Jose Cuatrecasas, "Cuatrecasas" ("four houses" in English) becomes "quadridomius" in Latin)
Turdus migratorius (robin; NOT a migrating turd)
Vampyroteuthis infernalis (deepsea squid; literally "Vampire Squid from Hell")
Venus mercenaria Linnaeus (clam; literally "Venus selling favors" but the name was derived from the use of this species as money - called "wampum" - by Native Americans; now placed in the genus Mercenaria)
Xenaroswelliana deltaquadrant Erwin, 2007 (bizarre carabid beetle; the genus name is intended to mean "alien visitor to Roswell", and the epithet refers to an unknown area of space in the "Voyager" series)

SIMPLY PLAYFUL, ACCIDENTAL HOMOPHONES, etc.:

Abracadabrella birdsville Zabka, 1991 (jumping spider)
Alaptus ah & Alaptus oh Girault, 1930 (mymarid wasps)
Apionion humongum Kissinger, 1998 (weevil)
Apolysis crisis Evenhuis, 1990 (bee fly)
Awuka spazzola Marcus, 1955 (nudibranch; now in genus Jorunna)
Balbaroo fangaroo Cooke (a kangaroo with large fangs)
Bla nini Inglis, 1963 (marine nematode)
Brachinus aabaaba Erwin, 1970 (bombardier beetle)
Campsicnemus aa, C. ee, C. ii, C. oo, and C. uu Evenhuis, 2009 (dolichopodid flies)
Campsicnemus iii Evenhuis, 2011 (another dolichopodid fly)
Carynota stupida Walker (treehopper)
Cavaticovelia aaa Gagné & Howarth, 1975 (bug; "aaa" is Hawaiian for lava tube)
Cedusa medusa McAtee, 1924 (planthopper)
Chrysops nigribimbo Whitney, 1879 (horse fly)
Crex crex (corncrake)
Crinopseudoa bong and C. bongella Jocque & Bosselaers, 2011 (spiders)
Desmatomyia jambalaia Hall & Evenhuis, 1987 (fly)
Dives dives dives (Mexican grackle)
Dorcus titanus (stag beetle; a casual reading might suggest "Titanic Dork")
Doryctes fartus Provancher, 1880 (wasp)
Drepanovelia millennium Andersen & Weir 2001 (water strider)
Evylaeus fartus Vachal, 1904 (sweat bee)
Glis glis (dormouse)
Gonatocerus woohoo Triapitsyn, 2013 (mymarid wasp)
Gressittia titsadasyi Philip, 1980 (horse fly)
Horridonia horrida (fossil brachiopod)
Inglorius mediocris Austin, 1997 (skipper butterfly)
Kikiki huna Huber & Beardsley 2000 (the smallest known flying insect, a mymarid wasp; the genus name is Hawaiian for tiny bit and the specific epithet is another Hawaiian word also meaning tiny bit)
Lablab lablab (hyacinth bean; now in the genus Dolichos)
Lagynodes ooii Dessart, 1982 (ceraphronid wasp)
Lepidotrigla jimjoebob Richards, 1992 (fish)
Lima lima (clam)
Liogenys gayanus Solier (scarab beetle)
Metrius explodens Bousquet & Goulet, 1990 (beetle which sometimes explodes and breaks into pieces, in self-defense)
Mops mops (mormoopid bat)
Nomada buyoo Tsuneki, 1976 (bee)
Oedipodrilus oedipus Holt (worm)
Orizabus subaziro Ratcliffe (scarab beetle; palindrome)
Papagona papoosa Ball, 1935 (planthopper)
Psathyropus mysoreanus Roewer, 1954 (harvestman from Mysore, India)
Rhyacophila tralala Schmid (caddisfly)
Saurus soarus (a gliding lizard)
Sinclairocerus haha (fossil cephalopod)
Stigmella ridiculosa (the world's tiniest moth, with a wingspan of 2 mm)
Tabanus yuleanus Philip, 1950 (horse fly named after a memorable Christmas day in 1946)
Taumacera sucki Weise, 1922 (leaf beetle)
Tamoya ohboya Collins et al., 2011 (box jelly with a painful sting)
Upupa epops Linnaeus, 1758 (hoopoe bird; onomatopoeic)
Xela alex Thompson, 1999 (syrphid fly; another palindrome - until the genus was recognized as a homonym, so it is now in the genus Cepa)

RECORD-SETTERS:

Cartwrightia cartwrighti Cartwright (scarab beetle; the only scientific name where the genus, species, and author names form a sequence using successive subtraction of the last letter to form the next word)
Gammaracanthuskytodermogammarus loricatobaicalensis Dybowski, 1926 (amphipod; at 50 characters, the longest binomial)
Ia io Thomas, 1902 (chinese bat; the shortest binomial, probably the only all-vowel binomial)
Plesiothrips o Girault (thrips)
Trevelyana kouaouae Risbec, 1928 (nudibranch; the longest string of vowels not including "y")

SPECIAL MENTION:

An interestingly symmetrical synonymy pointed out to me by Valery Korneyev:

Paroxyna cleopatra Hering, 1937 (a fruit fly) turns out to be synonymous with Paroxyna babayaga Hering, 1938; Cleopatra, of course, was an Egyptian queen fabled for her beauty, while Baba Yaga was an evil and extremely ugly Russian witch in fables. Seems Hering couldn't decide whether this fly species was beautiful or ugly. Moreover, BOTH names are synonyms of Paroxyna messalina Hering, 1937; Messalina was a Roman empress, married to Claudius I. Also seems Hering couldn't tell he was looking at only one fly species, instead of three. These things happen.

This one comes from Carlos de la Rosa:

In 1973, the late tropical dipterist Charles Hogue published a monograph on Maruina, a psychodid fly genus common in Central and South America. Many of the new species were given whimsically romantic species epithets, using Spanish terms of endearment. The list includes Maruina amada, amadora, cholita, muchacha, querida, chamaca, chamaguita, chica, dama, nina, tica, and vidamia (two words together, "vida" and "mia" meaning literally "my life"). One can only presume he was sincerely romantic, because a cynic would note that most psychodids are either scavengers or bloodsuckers.

A case of going too far with the honorifics:

The (in)famous A. A. Girault coined many colorful names for his parasitic wasps (publishing his works privately, in fact, since most editors wouldn't accept them - for example, one describing a new species of human, Homo perniciosus, known only from the female sex), many of which were genera or species epithets honoring artists, poets and writers (even politicians); his over 500 genera included many such as Davincia, Shakespearia, Beethovena, Mozartella, Elijahia, Emersonia, Emersonella, Emersonopsis, Raffaellia, Raphaelana, Raphaelonia, Ovidia, Goetheana, Goethella, Lutheria, Marxella, Marxiana, Thoreauella, Thoreauia, Tennysoniana, Lincolna, Lincolnanna, Bachiana, Keatsia, Whittieria, Plutarchia, Haeckeliania, Renaniana, Schilleria, Aeschylia, Aligheria, Aligherinia, Anselmella, Thalesanna, Rubensteina, Carlyleia, Tassonia, Grotiusomyia, Grotiusella, Borrowella, Finlayia, Boudiennyia, Richteria, Ratzeburgalla, Buonapartea, Zamenhofella, Gounodia, Herodotia, Anthemiella, Delisleia, Cowperella, Cowperia, Hannibalia, Magellanana, Lamennaisia, Lomonosoffiella, Angeliconana, Giorgionia, and Froudeana, plus numerous epithets such as longfellowi, shakespearei, goethei, etc., etc. As if all these new wasps weren't enough, he also named, as an intentional insult to his boss, a Mr. Illingsworth, the parasitic mymarid wasp Shillingsworthia shillingsworthi, and described it as an ephemeral creature with no head, thorax, abdomen, legs, antennae, or wings, found in "the chasms of Jupiter" - in other words, a nonexistent wasp (which technically invalidates the name; it has no more scientific merit than a "scientific" name for a dragon, unicorn, centaur, or other mythical beast). Perhaps Girault would have been excited to see that in 1999, a person offered on eBay a meteorite they claimed was from Mars, and had found, contained within it, a small parasitic wasp, accordingly purported to be extraterrestrial. The starting bid was 1 million U.S. dollars.

Another "fictitious" organism given a scientific name:

There is a virus (the Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus) which causes warts in cottontail rabbits under natural conditions, often forming large horn-like growths on the head, the source of the legendary "jackalopes"; but before this was known, such rabbits were named as a separate species, Lepus cornutus ("horned rabbit"), by Leidy in 1879. Oops!

And yet another fictitious organism given a scientific name:

The German-language medical encyclopedia "Pschyrembel Klinisches Wörterbuch" features an entry for Petrophaga lorioti, referred to as a rodent-like, rock-eating louse. The entry apparently is a "copyright trap", a false entry that can be used to prove plagiarism (since no legitimate medical encyclopedia would include it).

Over-the-top movie homage:

In 2012, Brescovit et al. described a new genus of spiders whose male mouthparts bear an ostensible resemblance to those of the alien in the 1987 file "Predator", dubbing it Predatoroonops, and then proceeded to describe 17 species, all of whose names are based on characters, people, or places associated with the making of the movie; Predatoroonops anna, billy, blain, chicano, dillon, dutch, maceliot, mctiernani, olddemon, peterhalli, phillips, poncho, rickhawkins, schwarzeneggeri, vallarta, valverde, and yautja.

A case of gazetteer fever:

In his 2001 revision of Australian mold beetles, Don Chandler was faced with the task of coining names for 81 new genera, and decided a good way to fill out the list was to assign Australian place names (which are admittedly often colorful, by anyone's standards); the 61 "gazetteer" genera include notables such as Barrengarry, Bithongabel, Booloumba, Bundjulung, Chichester, Cleland, Clyde, Dandenong, Dorrigo, Dungog, Eungella, Gadgarra, Gayundah, Googarna, Gordon, Gubarra, Iluka, Jindabyne, Kakadu, Kapalga, Kyogle, Mallanganee, Mareeba, Millaa, Mossman, Mundaring, Narrabeen, Spurgeon, Swan, Tinaroo, Tooloom, Unumgar, Warrumbungle, Washpool, Wataranka, Whyanbeel, Wiangaree, Wollomombi, and Woodenbong, plus numerous others including anagrams based on other place names (e.g., Tyxs and Xyts, from a nearby river named "Styx"). Many of Chandler's names would qualify for inclusion elsewhere on this page, but so many names from a single source merits a separate entry.

Dr. James Adams passed along the following, which is in a class by itself:

"One simply needs to look at the Checklist of the Lepidoptera North of Mexico (Hodges) and you will see that Kearfott used several assemblages of letters over and over again, simply changing the first letter. For example, in the genus Epinotia, are the valid species zandana and xandana, in Pelochrista is vandana and randana, in Epiblema, tandana, in Eucosma, gandana, handana, nandana, wandana, mandana, pandana and landana, and candana in Cydia. He does something similar with bobana, cocana, dodana, fofana, momana, lolana, totana, and hohana in Eucosma, as well as popana and rorana in Pelochrista, sosana in Epiblema, zozana in Rhyacionia, and kokana in Phaneta. He's described the valid species tomonana, zomonana, womonana, momonana, and lomonana in various genera, and raracana, daracana, baracana, naracana, haracana, faracana, maracana, laracana, saracana in others. The Cochylidae has one of my favorites, the genus Hysterosia, which has two groups named by Kearfott: riscana, biscana, discana, viscana, wiscana, and ziscana; and foxcana, toxcana, voxcana, and zoxcana. It also includes the species waracana, zaracana and another baracana, as well as bomonana, romonana and nomonana."
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