Alderia willowi Krug et al. 2007 (sea slug)
"The species name derives from several sources: (1) because the cerata
droop over the edge of the body on large specimens, resembling a
willow tree; (2) an homage to the first author's grandmother, who
always sang him a song that starts, '... so I ask each weeping willow
...', and (3) a tribute to the character of Willow from the TV show
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who (as played by Alyson Hannigan) embodied
the idea of sexual flexibility, in recognition of the variable
reproductive modes in Alderia." [J. Molluscan Studies
Balaenoptera musculus Linneaus (blue whale)
Musculus could mean "muscular," but it can also be
interpreted as "little mouse." Linne would have known this and, given
his sense of humor, may have intended the ironic double
Bangiomorpha Butterfield (red alga) Named
after the modern red alga Bangia, which was named for Niels
Hofman Bang. Coincidentally apropos of a slang meaning of
"bang", Bangiomorpha from 1,200 million years ago was the
first known sexually reproducing organism.
Bowdleria punctata Quoy & Gaimard, 1830
(fernbird) Named after Dr. Richard Bowdler Sharpe. The "punctata" is
said to refer to spots on the bird's breast, but it likely also
references the second part of Bowdler Sharpes's name.
Diodorus scytobrachion Kammerer et al.,
2012 (Triassic dinosauriform) The fossils were found in Morocco.
Diodorus was legendary king of the Berbers and son of the founder of
Tangier; Diodorus Siculus was a first-century Greek historian who
wrote about North Africa. "Scytobrachion" means "leathery arm" and
refers to a presumed character of the beast and to Dionysius
Scytobrachion, a classical mythographer who chronicled the mythical
history of North Africa.
Hypogena triceratops Steiner, 2005
(tenebrionid beetle) As with the dinosaur, "triceratops" means
"three-horned face." The beetle itself has three horns, plus it is
named in honor of tenebrionid specialist Charles A. Triplehorn.
[Annales Zoologici 55: 572.]
Koolasuchus Warren et al., 1997 (Cretaceous
amphibian) Named for paleontologist Lesley Kool, with a pun on cold
climate in which it lived.
Laonastes Jenkins et al., 2005 (Laotian
rock rat) From Greek nastes, "inhabitant", and "laos", of
stone; referring also to the country where it was found.
Musa L. (banana) Linnaeus wrote that he
wanted this one word to do the work of three. First, it is named
after the Arabic word for banana, muz or muez,
acknowledging the role of Muslem cultures in popularizing the fruit.
Second, it honors Antonio Musa, doctor to Roman emperor Augustus.
Third, it honors the nine Muses.
Peckena Gnaspini 1996 (leiodid beetle).
Named after Dr. Stewart B. Peck, and pronounced in the same way as
"pequena," Portuguese for "small," referring to its small
Prognathodon saturator Dortangs et al.,
2002 (Upper Cretaceous mosasaur) Saturator means "he who
gives satisfaction," referring both to the sharks which tore the
corpse to shreds and to the amateur collector who discovered the
remains. [Neth. J. Geosci. 81: 1]
Thalia L. (tropical plant, Marantaceae)
Named after Johannes Thal (1542-1583), an herbalist who wrote a flora
of the Harz Mountains, but also honoring Thalia, one of the
Varanus amnhophilis Conrad et al., 2012
(Miocene Greek monitor lizard) From Greek amnos
and -philis, meaning "lover of lamb", alluding to large monitor
lizard's habit of taking mammalian prey. Also, the American Museum of
Natural History (AMNH) is the specimen's repository. [PLoS
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