Today I learned there is an achilid planthopper genus Synecdoche. That got me wondering, how many taxa are named after figures of speech? I could only find a handful off the top of my head, but I realized there are a whole lot more less common ones, so I found a list of them:
And since there are so many of them, I decided I had to have rules for this game:
- Only figures of speech named on the page linked above.
- The whole name of the taxon must exactly match the figure of speech.
- It must be a currently valid scientific name.
The first list consists of only names meeting these criteria.
Here’s a short list of honourable mentions that either didn’t match exactly, or the names are invalid. I was not thorough here, only picking a few that were unique, uncommon, or otherwise were too delicious to not share.
I welcome corrections or additions of your own.