Species named after famous persons

Every year, somewhere between 15,000 and 25,000 new species of animal are discovered, so how do scientists come up with original names for them? Not surprisingly, some seek inspiration in the world of popular culture. Naming new species after celebrities is a very good way to draw attention to your findings.

Here’s some of the most weird and wonderful tributes.


species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange

species named after famous persons strange


  • Slash
  • January 30, 2014, 9:40 am
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    You forgot Masiakasaurus knopfleri, named after Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
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    They used to listen to his music during all their excavations.

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    Also Richard Dawkins shouldn't have anything named after him, he's such a dick.

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