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  1. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    Which scientific names do you think are the most fun to say? Personally, I like Lama glama and Hypostomus plecostomus.
     
  2. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands 15+ year member Premium Member

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    Upupa epops

    :p

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    Vision Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    Probably a popular opinion, but I quite like Crikey steveirwini :D
     
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    This is brilliant mate!
     
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    Porcula salvania
    Symphalangus syndactylus
    Procyon lotor
    Macaca maura and Macaca mulatta
    Naja nubiae
    Wunderpus photogenicus
    Bitis gabonica
    Kinixys spekii
    Manouria emys
    Batagur baska
    Mecistops cataphractus
    Uncia uncia
    Vulpes velox
    Epicrates exsul
    Cuniculus paca
    Eidolon helvum

    Wish I knew more birds.
     
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    Western lowland gorilla, Gorilla gorilla gorilla. Four for the price of one!
     
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    pachyderm pro Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    Han solo was the scientific name of a extinct marine arthropod.
     
  8. Dassie rat

    Dassie rat Well-Known Member 10+ year member

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    Ailuropoda melanoleuca bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.
     
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    I've always liked the scientific names that couple as puns. Things like the braconid wasps Heerz lukenatcha and Heerz tooya, the fungus beetle genus Gelea (pronounced 'jelly') which includes species like Gelea baen, Gelea belae, Gelea donut, Gelea fish and Gelea rol and the flies Pieza kake, Pieza pi and Pieza rhea.
     
  10. birdsandbats

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    Best scientific name ever!
     
  11. Kakapo

    Kakapo Well-Known Member

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    Fossil insects:
    Tyrannosorus rex
    Carmenelectra shechisme


    Moths:
    La cerveza
    La cucaracha
    La paloma

    (literally in Spanish they would mean: "The beer, The cockroach, The pigeon")

    Cave-dwelling insect:
    Gollumjapyx smeagol (authors told that names of classic mythology are plentiful used in binomials, so why not modern mythology too?)

    Longest scientific name of the species that I have photographed:
    Lobocarcinus paulinowurtenberbensis

    Some species named intentionedly for be the last alphabetically available scientific names ever:
    Zyzzyva rufula (weevil)
    Zyzzyx chilensis (wasp)

    A marine snail:
    Distortio anus (take in account that in Latin, anus means grandmother)
    In the same sense, Agrotis puta and Carabus putus (puta meaning whore in spanish, but in Latin is a very different meaning)

    A wasp:
    Stenodynerus fastidiosissimus. I wonder if the wasp stinged the descriptor...

    I always wondered a bit about specific epithets that have various separations: (Mammillaria stella-de-tacubaya, Brownea rosa-de-monte...) These separations are not allowed in animal names, except for a single character (c-album, m-flavum, etc)

    From other side I also like the name of the lice Columbicola extintus, who parasited passenger pigeon, so it went supposedly extinct with the species. After many years, the lice was rediscovered alive in a Columba fasciata :)

    There is a website dedicated to fun scientific names. I didn't visited it yet, but I found it and will take a look now. Here is: Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature
     
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    Another addition: I like the scientific name of the world largest animal ever, the blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus. In Latin, musculus means little mouse. The scientific name was put intentionally for the opposition of sizes :p
     
  13. Dassie rat

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    Michael Bright includes the following in 'The frog with self-cleaning feet.'
    Montypythonoides - a giant fossil snake
    Arthurdactylus conan-doylensis - a pterodactyl named after the author of The Lost World
    Dracorex hogwartsia
    - a dinosaur
    Ichabodcraniosaurus - a dinosaur found without a skull, named after Ichabod Crane, who was chased by a headless horseman in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    Ytu brutus - a water beetle
    Ba humbugi - a land snail
    Agra phobia and Agra vation - ground beetles
    Hunkydora - clam
    Abra cadabra - former name for a clam (Theora)
    Ptomaspis, Dikenaspis and Ariaspis - fossil fish representing Tom, Dick and Harry
    Peiza pi, Peiza rhea, Peiza kake, Peiza deresistans, Phthiria relativitae and Ohmyia omya - flies
    Gressitia titsadaysi and Tabanus rhizonshine - horseflies
    Rhyacophila tralala - a caddifly
    Eubetia bigaulae, Eubetia boop, Castnia inca dincadu and Notoreas - moths
    Vini vidivici - a lorikeet
    Ittibitium and Bittium - molluscs
    Ochisme, Dollichisme, Florichisme, Marichisme, Nanichisme and Polychisme - bugs named after George Kirkaldy's girlfriends
    Erechthias beeblebroxi - a false-headed moth
    Fiordichthys slartibartfasti - a triple-finned blenny
    Heerz lukenatcha, Heerz tooya, Pison eu, Verae peculya and Panama canalia - wasps
    Pericompus bilbo, Eurygenius, Oops, Cyclopcephala nodanotherrwon, Gelaw baen, Gelae belae, Gelae donut, Gelae fish and Gelae rol - beetles
    Cephise nuspesez - skipper butterfly
    Eremobates inyoanus - a camel spider
    Apopyllus now, Draculoides bramstokeri and Walckenaeria pinocchio - spiders
     
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    Forgot about Sagittarius serpentarius.
     
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    On that note Bison bison bison isn't too bad either!
     
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    And Neopalpa doanldtrumpi.
     
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    My personal favourite remains the rhinoceros beetle Enema pan.
     
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    Nor is Giraffa giraffa giraffa
     
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    Genus-name for a snail : Turbo ........ but they realy seem to be fast !
     
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    birdsandbats Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    What about Aldasia fragaria?