Fun with taxa: stories behind some funny and odd names for species discovered in Colombia

Main report: Colombian species named after FARC, Shakira, Jorge Velosa
(The Bogotá Post)

Scientific Paper: n/a   
New Taxa: Allobates niputidea
Categories: Celebrity Taxa
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Many species are discovered every year in this mega-diverse country, and scientists are resorting to more fun and recognisable names when classifying them, such as the Puya loca (Crazy Pineapple) and Allobates niputidea (no fucking idea Frog).

Allobates niputidea. When prompted for the name of the species, its disoverer only managed to reply “ni puta idea” (“No fucking idea”. The name stuck. Photo: Elson Meneses Pelayo.



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