Celebrity Taxa

Earth – Meet the James Bond rodent

Earth – Meet the James Bond rodent

Celebrity Taxa, Mammals, New Species May 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Earth Story | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

New Wasp Species Named after Chief Crazy Horse and Wile…

New Wasp Species Named after Chief Crazy Horse and Wile…

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species February 12, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Entomology Today | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

Three new catfish, One Mamed after Star Wars’ Greedo

Celebrity Taxa, Fish, New Species February 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Nerdist | Journal: Zookeys Category: Fish, Celebrity | Taxa: Peckoltia

Wild flower discovered in Wales named after Sir David Attenborough

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Plants February 7, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: The Guardian | Journal: New Journal of Botany: Journal of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Category: Plants | Taxa: (Hieracium attenboroughianum | Named for: Sir David Attenborough Other reports: Flower discovered in the Brecon Beacons to be called Attenborough

Plant genus named after Sir David Attenborough

Plant genus named after Sir David Attenborough

Celebrity Taxa, New Species, Plants February 4, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: The Guardian | Journal: Phytokeys Category: Plants | Taxa: Sirdavidia | Named for: Sir David Attenborough Other reports: Key taxonomical classification of rare plant with fleshy flowers discovered in the rainforest of Gabon in central Africa is named after British naturalist. The plant has a distinct shape, with red petals and up to 19 bright yellow stamen forming a cone.

Deemed punk rock, snail named after The Clash singer Jo…

Deemed punk rock, snail named after The Clash singer Jo…

Celebrity Taxa, Invertebrates, New Species December 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Santa Cruz Sentinel | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

New Tarantula (Not Beetle) Named After John Lennon

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: National Geographic News | Journal: Zookeys Category: Arthropods | Taxa: Bumba lenno | Named for: John Lennon Other reports: Bumba lennoni is a new species of tarantula that lives in the Amazonian state of Par

New “Bat Frog” Found in Amazon, Named for Ozzy Osbourne

New “Bat Frog” Found in Amazon, Named for Ozzy Osbourne

Amphibians, Celebrity Taxa, New Species November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: National Geographic News | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Dendropsophus ozzyi | Named for: Ozzy Osborne Other reports:

New Mite Species Named After Jennifer Lopez

New Mite Species Named After Jennifer Lopez

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science, Space & Robots | Journal: Zookeys Category: Arthropods, Celebrity | Taxa: Litarachna lopezae | Named for: Jennifer Lopez Other reports: A new species of pontarachnid mite species has been discovered in Bajo de Sico, a coral reef in the Mona Passage off Puerto Rico. The researchers named the water mite, Litarachna lopezae, after singer Jennifer Lopez. The researchers say they named the mite after JLo because they enjoyed her music while they were writing the research paper.

Scientists Name New Hermaphroditic Snail In Honor Of Sa…

Scientists Name New Hermaphroditic Snail In Honor Of Sa…

Celebrity Taxa, Invertebrates, New Species October 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Huffington Post | Journal: Academia Sinica Category: Invertebrates, Celebrity | Taxa: Aegista diversifamilia | Named for: Other reports: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29599785 While conducting field research on turtle ants in the savannah region of Brazil, Dr. Powell noticed something peculiar: a species of ant infiltrating the region of a host ant. After nearly two years of research and consultations with fellow biologists and trained taxonomists, Dr. Powell officially had a new species of ant: Cephalotes specularis, commonly known as the mirror turtle ant. Mirror turtle ants are the first-known ant species to use visual mimicry to parasitize another ant species

Chewbacca bat, beetle with explosive farts among oddities spotted on Mozambique expedition

Celebrity Taxa, Insects, New Species June 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Mongabay | Category: Mammals, General | Taxa: Triaenops persicus | Named for: Other reports: The ”Chewbacca” bat, a cave-dwelling frog, bombardier beetles that unleash explosive farts as a defense mechanism, and a diminutive elephant shrew were among hundreds of species documented during a one-month survey of a park that was ravaged during Mozambique

‘SpongeBob’ mushroom discovered in the forests of Borneo

‘SpongeBob’ mushroom discovered in the forests of Borneo

Celebrity Taxa, Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species June 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of mushroom almost as strange as its cartoon namesake. Its discovery in the forests of Borneo, says San Francisco State University researcher Dennis Desjardin, suggests that even some of the most charismatic characters in the fungal kingdom are yet to be identified. Shaped like a sea sponge, S. squarepantsii was found in 2010 in the Lambir Hills in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is bright orange-although it can turn purple when sprinkled with a strong chemical base-and smells vaguely fruity or strongly musty.

Creature celebrity

Creature celebrity

Celebrity Taxa, New Species January 30, 2005 at 4:32 pm

Some scientists like a pop culture reference. Can you match the celeb to the critter?