Abracadabrella birdsville Zabka, 1991 (jumping
Aha ha Menke, 1977 (sphecid wasp) Menke's
exclamation upon receiving the specimen was "Aha!"
Alaptus ah and
A. oh Girault, 1930 (mymarid wasp)
Aloha Kirkaldy, 1904 (fulgorid bug) Etymology: "'Aloha',
the Hawaiian salutation (lit. 'love')."
Arfia Van Valen, 1965 (a dog-like fossil
Brachylophus bulabula (Fijian iguana) from
"bula," the Fijian word for "hello", reduplicated to signify extra
Damnxanthodium calvum (Greenm.) Strother
(composite) The genus name refers to the problem of distinguishing these
Hakuna matata Gumovsky & Bouček,
2006 (eulophid wasp) Named for the Swahili phrase meaning "no
worries", popularlized by "The Lion King." So named because the wasp
is from tropical Africa, and the phrase captures an African
spirit. [Zool. Med. Leiden 80: 79]
Hatena Okamoto and Inouye, 2006 (flagellate
eukaryote) This unusual single-celled organism with a "half-plant,
half-predator" life cycle gets its name from a Japanese interjection
roughly meaning "unusual" or "enigmatic".
Martialis heureka Rabeling, Brown and Verhaagh, 2008
(ant) Two of these ants were discovered and subsequently lost. The
rediscovery five years later prompted the epithet heureka,
Greek for "I found it!") [PNAS 0806187105]
Pitohui Lesson and Garnot, 1827 (poisonous
New Guinea bird) The name comes from a response to tasting
Quisarctus Fujimoto 2015 (tartigrade) "a
combination of Quis, a latin word for 'Who?' or 'What?'
referring to the author's first impression of this animal,"
and arctus, "bear", referring to "water bear", a common name of
tartigrades. [Zootaxa 3948: 146]
Sayonara Jordan & Steele, 1906 (fish)
Scelio balo Yoder, 2014 (parasitic wasp)
"derived from the Latin word for roar, howl, grumble, or snort (things
taxonomists do during a revision)." [Zookeys 380]
Simulium damnosum (black fly) Refers to the damnable
vector of the onchocerciasis (river blindness) parasite.
Tamoya ohboya (Bonaire banded box
jellyfish) "I bet 'Oh Boy' is the first thing said when a biologist or
layman encounters the jellyfish," explained Lisa Peck, marine biology
teacher, as part of her winning entry in a public naming contest for
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