Top Ten Animals with Amusing Binomial Names

Scientists are sometimes not that serious with their jobs. Some binomial names of animals are just strange and amusing. Here are some of the most amusing ones. Which one do you think is the most amusing? Cast your votes and comment! Feel free to add more!

The Top Ten

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2 Gollumjapyx Smeagol

First, we have a trilobite named after Han Solo, and now we have a dipluran named after Gollum and Smeagol from Lord of the Rings! What's next? An animal named after Voldemort? - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

3 Gelae Donut

It's "Gelae" part is pronounced like "jelly". So yeah, "jelly donut". It's the largest species of the genus Gelae, a genus of round fungus beetles. Heck, some other species of Gelae are called Gelae baen, pronounced similar to "jelly bean" and Gelae rol, "jelly roll" - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

4 Oedipina Complex

It's the binomial name of the Gamboa worm salamander. It comes from the phrase "Oedipus complex" which is a condition when a kid sexually desires his/her parents of the opposite gender. Seriously, scientists?! - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

5 Agra Cadabra

Agra cadabra alakazam! Wait, wrong words, that was a binomial name...

Anyways, Agra cadabra is a species of beetle from the genus Agra. There's also another species from that genus called Agra vation. Nice puns, scientists - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

6 Aha Ha

It's a species of wasp. The wasp got its name because the scientist who named it exclaimed "AHA! " when getting a package of specimens - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

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7 Parastratiosphecomyia stratiosphecomyioides V 1 Comment
8 Pieza Kake

Yet another binomial name that sounds like food. "Pizza cake". It's a species of a small furry fly - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

9 Carmenelectra Shechisme

Read it slowly. "Carmen Electra, she kiss me". It's an extinct species of fly from the genus Carmenelectra and is the only species of they genus - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

10 La Cerveza

First, we have binomial names that sound like food, and now we have one that means a kind of drink! It means "beer" in Spanish. It's a species of moth in the genus La - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

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