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
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.
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
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