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Although the first description of Kamera lens, previously known as Monas lens, is dated to 1773, little was known about this single celled organism until just a few decades ago. But in 1992, scientists decided this incredible fossil deserved a slightly more interesting name. The proceeding paper explained the reclassification as: " 'Ninj' after 'Ninja', in allusion to that totally rad, fearsome foursome epitomising shelled success, and 'emys' from the Latin for turtle." Oweni refers to Richard Owen, so the rough translation is "Owen's Ninja Turtle".
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Entomologist Arnold Menke named this Australian wasp in 1977. The story goes, Menke was in a debate with another research group over the validity of the species, and when he finally provided the definitive evidence, he exclaimed, "Aha ha!"While not nearly as fast or famous, scientists named the newest breed of Australian sea horse Parlapiscus in honour of 20th century Australian champion racehorse Phar Lap. He has used his sense of humor to name everything from Phthiria relativitae, as a pun on the theory of relativity, to Carmenelectra, after the famous model Carmen Electra. But perhaps what he's best known for is the punny genus , which he named in 2002. So what name did scientists choose when they Converse Boots Men discovered a genus of mollusks? .
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Arnold Menke must have been stung by this Central American wasp one too many times.
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It's hard to imagine anyone could ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed in Fiji, but when scientists discovered this snail on the remote Pacific island, they opted to name him after the crankiest man in literature, Ebeneezer Scrooge.
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While we may associate common names of animals with amusement (who came up with the 'wombat' or the 'booby' anyway?) scientific names can often be inspired by an in joke, or an ode to personal hero even if it's hidden in Latin words.
increasing difficult with so many new names added every year. So every now and then, scientists have a bit of fun naming their species.
"Every proposed name needs to conform to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature," says Dr. Pat Hutchings, senior principal research scientist at the Australian Museum.
What do you name a small, oval, shiny beetle? Well, the food it most resembles, of course. Say Gelae bean out loud and it should become immediately evident. Other species in the Galae genus include Gelae rol, Gelae fish, Gelae belae, and Galae donut.
APPLYING SCIENTIFIC NAMES to species may seem like a conventional, formal process, but it can also be the chance for researchers to have a bit of fun.
Australian Geographic has compiled a list of the strangest and most interesting binomial (Genus species) names.
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