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Scientific American: Designate a species with your name or your pooch's
If you discovered a new species, what would you name it?
Scientific American, December 14, 2011This newly discovered horsehair lichen needs a name.
If you discovered a new species, what would you name it? Some scientists go the descriptive route: Bambiraptor is a little raptor. Others try to make a joke – Aha ha is a species of Australian wasp named in 1977 by the entomologist Arhold Menke as a joke (Menke also used the name for his vanity license plate). Others are just sort of odd: Myzocallis khawaluokalani is an aphid whose name supposedly translates from Hawaiian to “you fish on your side of the lagoon and I’ll fish on the other, and no one will fish in the middle.” There are species named after famous people: Strigiphilus garylarsoni is a louse named after the cartoonist Gary Larson. And after the scientists themselves: Linnaeus named Linnea borealis after himself. But in the past ten years a new trend has emerged in species names: selling them to the highest bidder.
Read the article in the Scientific American: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2011/12/14/liken-yourself-to-a-lichen-designate-a-species-with-your-name-or-your-poochs/