Wordplay: Rhymes and Alliteration
Adonnadonna primadonna (siliceous
microfossil) The name comes from a song in a National Lampoon album,
which uses those words to refer to a primadonna girl.
Aequorea victoria (bioluminescent
Alcelaphus buselaphus Pallas, 1766
(hartebeest) A. buselaphus buselaphus, an extinct subspecies,
gives a trinomial rhyme.
Alouatta ululata Elliot, 1912 (howler
monkey) Often, though, considered a subspecies, Alouatta belzebub
Apolysis crisis Evenhuis, 1990 (bee
Apus opus (common (European) swift)
Bacillus subtilis (Ehrenberg 1835) Cohn, 1872
(bacterium, a mild relative of anthrax)
Bacillus pumillus (bacterium)
Botaurus stellaris (Eurasian
Cedusa medusa McAtee, 1924
for several other
rhymes in the genus.
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (oxeye daisy)
Chrysophora chrysochlora (Latreille)
Equisetum myriochaetum (giant Mexican
Gelae belae Miller and Wheeler, 2004
beetle) See also the other puns
Gelis agilis (Fabricius, 1775) (ichneumonid
Gymnothorax mordax (California moray)
Heterosquilla polydactyla (mantis shrimp)
Iyaiyai Evenhuis, 1994 (fossil chaoborid fly) Evenhuis
originally proposed "I" as the genus name (allowed by the ICZN rules),
but a chaoborid worker told him he didn't want ever to have to write in
a paper that "I have small male genitalia", so Evenhuis changed it to
a more Mexican sounding genus name.
Macrotis lagotis Reid, 1837 (Rabbit-eared
Pyralis regalis (Denis & Schiffermüller,
1775) (meal moth). Also
Pyralis farinalis L. 1758,
Pyralis electalis Hulst, 1886, and
Raffia ruffia (raffia plant) Also noted for
having the largest leaves, up to 65.5 ft. long.
Rana bwana Hillis & DeSa, 1988 (South
American frog) Named in honor of renowned herpetologist Dr. James R.
Dixon. Dixon had many taxa named after him already, so Hillis and DeSa
named the frog after Dixon's nickname, "Bwana" Jim.
Sagittarius serpentarius J.F. Miller, 1779 (secretary
Salacca zalacca (Indonesian palm)
Scelio ardelio Yoder, 2104 (parasitic
wasp) [Zookeys 380]
Sphex rex Hensen, 1991 (digger wasp)
Tamoya ohboya (Bonaire banded box
Trichuris muris (nematode)
Tuta absoluta Meyrick, 1917 (South American
Yi qi Xu et al., 2015 (Jurassic theropod)
pronounced "EE CHEE".
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