Funny, long, or just plain weird animal names

To any of those who watched the cartoon show Kim Possible:

Naked MoleRat

Nothing else said.

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When I encounter these guys I have a habit of saying, “twice-stabbed stinkbug! Ouch…Ouch”

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Epidendrum pseudocardioepichilum and Epidendrum recurvitepalostachyum 9 syllable specific epithets on these two, the genus seems to have particularly entertaining names.

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In the fly genus Pieza there are Pieza kake, Pieza pi, Pieza rhea, and Pieza deresistans :)

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that one’s my favorite. Is it a particularly special fly, I wonder?

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I made a project for it along with sea-kangaroo, you can find it as “The name game”

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Welcome to the forum, @imacuriousjuan!

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Thanks!

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Link: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/the-name-game

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Imperial Shag is one of my favorites.

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“species Phallus, a lookalike of male urinary device” Classic description!

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Wow, I had no idea there were so many hilarious names!!! :laughing:
One of our family’s most loved insults is your such a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

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That’s the same reasoning behind genus clitoria .

Linnaeus shocked a lot of people with that one. His contemporaries had a lot of negative things to say about his choice of name, and some of the worries they expressed were that young students (assumed to be all male) would either not understand why he called it that or that it would cause them to think about female anatomy too much.

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The two I share with my students are

Aha ha - an Australian wasp

and

Strigiphilus garylarsoni - an African owl louse, named for the cartoonist

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Frequently seen near the Puddingwife.

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Funny, today I just read about a species of bivalve from the East Indies with the scientific name of Fragum (Fragum) fragum. Which I thought was funny for some reason.

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Fragum if they can’t take a joke.

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