Carmenelectra shechisme

… is actually a name for fossil mythicmyiid (that’s another word for moth) from Dominican amber.

When it comes to the Latin name of the species, scientist could be fun and wacky too. There are lots of Latin scientific name that actually doesn’t sound so “scientific” at all. Some are funny, wacky or just plain weird.

Some noteworthy are:

  • Dissup irae, hard-to-see fossil eremochaetid fly.

  • Vampyroteuthis infernalis, squid, translated to “Vampire squid from Hell”.

  • Draculoides bramstokeri, spider, from Dracula’s author Bram Stoker.

  • Metallichneumon neurospatarchus, ichneumonid wasp, “Neurospatarchus” translates as “Master of Puppets”.

  • Dicrotendipes thanatogratus, chironomid aka. midge, “Thanatos” means death and “gratus” means grateful. Yes, it’s Grateful Dead.

  • Galaxias gollumoides, fresh-water fish, named after Gollum because it has large eyes and was found in a swamp.

  • Mantis religiosa, praying mantis.

  • Hornia, meloid beetle, I have nothing to say.

This list coming from Mark Isaak’s fabulous website, Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature. The entry and the link is courtesy from reading Ottawa Citizen this morning.

25. January 2005 by avianto
Categories: Just Amusing | 7 comments

Comments (7)

  1. oww, this makes me want to be a scientist. i have quite a list of names i would give those fossils….

  2. what is it this recent obsession for latin names? 😉

  3. hehehee.. nama nya kocak2 yak

  4. where's carmen?

  5. pamelanderson ada gak? 😀

  6. kreatifitas ilmuwan..

  7. thalia: like… thaliaus somethingis?

    Farry: Lack of decent entertainment… =P

    bow: iya, iseng2 banget ya?

    sg: in your pocket =P

    Ben: propose dong!

    no!: menjadi ilmuwan memang dituntut kreativitas =)