List of organisms named after famous people

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In biological nomenclature, organisms often receive scientific names that honor a person. A taxon (e.g. species or genus; plural: taxa) named in honor of another entity is an eponymous taxon, and names specifically honoring a person or persons are known as patronyms. Scientific names are generally formally published in peer-reviewed journal articles or larger monographs along with descriptions of the named taxa and ways to distinguish them from other taxa. Following rules of Latin grammar, species or subspecies names derived from a man's name often end in -i or -ii if named for an individual, and -orum if named for a group of men or mixed-sex group, such as a family. Similarly, those named for a woman often end in -ae, or -arum for two or more women.

This list includes organisms named after famous individuals or ensembles (including bands and comedy troupes), but excludes companies, institutions, ethnic groups or nationalities, and populated places. It does not include organisms named for fictional entities, for biologists or other natural scientists,[a] nor for associates or family members of researchers who are not otherwise notable. The scientific names are given as originally described (their basionyms): subsequent research may have placed species in different genera, or rendered them taxonomic synonyms of previously described taxa. Some of these names are unavailable in the zoological sense or illegitimate in the botanical sense due to senior homonyms already having the same name.


Taxon Type Namesake Notes Taxon image Namesake image Ref
Ablerus longfellowi Girault, 1913 Wasp Longfellow, Henry WadsworthHenry Wadsworth Longfellow [1]
Acanthosquilla sirindhorn Naiyanetr, 1995 Crustacean Sirindhorn [1]
Acisoma attenboroughi Mens et al. 2016 Dragonfly Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough For Attenborough's 90th birthday [2]
Adaina atahualpa Gielis, 2011 Moth Atahualpa Adaina atahualpa.JPG Ataw Wallpa portrait.jpg [3]
Aegomorphus wojtylai Hilszczanski & Bystrowski, 2005 Beetle John Paul II, PopePope John Paul II A Polish beetle, posthumously named for the Pope's birth name, Karol Wojtyła. [4]
Aegrotocatellus jaggeri Adrain & Edgecombe, 1995 Trilobite Jagger, MickMick Jagger Perirehaedulus richardsi was named concurrently to honor fellow Rolling Stones member Keith Richards. [5]
Aegrotocatellus nankerphelgeorum Adrain & Edgecombe, 1995 Trilobite Nanker Phelge Collective pseudonym used by members of The Rolling Stones. [5]
Aeschylia Girault, 1929 Wasp Aeschylus [6]
Aesopichthys Poplin & Lund, 2000 Fish Aesop [1]
Agaporomorphus colberti Miller & Wheeler, 2008 Beetle Colbert, StephenStephen Colbert According to Wheeler, the scientist who discovered the diving beetle named it after Colbert because "Stephen shamelessly asked the science community to name something cooler than a spider to honor him. His top choices were a giant ant or a laser lion. While those would be cool species to discover, our research involves beetles, and they are 'way cooler' than a spider any day." [7]
Agathidium bushi Miller & Wheeler, 2005 Beetle Bush, George W.George W. Bush This beetle was also named by Quentin Wheeler, and President Bush was pleased with the gesture, even calling Wheeler to thank him for the honor. [8]
Agathidium cheneyi Miller & Wheeler, 2005 Beetle Cheney, DickDick Cheney [8]
Agathidium cortezi Miller & Wheeler, 2005 Beetle Cortez, HernanHernan Cortez [1]
Agathidium rumsfeldi Miller & Wheeler, 2005 Beetle Rumsfeld, DonaldDonald Rumsfeld [8]
Agra catbellae Erwin, 2002 Beetle Bell, CatherineCatherine Bell [9]
Agra katewinsletae Erwin, 2002 Beetle Winslet, KateKate Winslet "Her (Titanic) character did not go down with the ship, but we will not be able to say the same for this elegant canopy species, if all the rain forest is converted to pastures." [9]
Agra liv Erwin, 2002 Beetle Tyler, LivLiv Tyler "The existence of this species... is dependent upon the rainforest not undergoing an Armageddon". [9]
Agra schwarzeneggeri Erwin, 2002 Beetle Schwarzenegger, ArnoldArnold Schwarzenegger Named "in reference to the markedly developed (biceps-like) middle femora of the males of this species reminiscent of the actor's physique." [9]
Agyneta danielbelangeri Dupérré, 2013 Spider Bélanger, DanielDaniel Bélanger [10]
Akihito Watson, Keith, & Marquet, 2007 Fish Akihito [11]
Albunea groeningi Boyko, 2002 Crustacean Groening, MattMatt Groening [1]
Aleiodes cacuangoi Shimbori & Shaw, 2014 Wasp Cacuango, DoloresDolores Cacuango [12]
Aleiodes colberti Shimbori & Shaw, 2014 Wasp Colbert, StephenStephen Colbert [12]
Aleiodes elleni Shimbori & Shaw, 2014 Wasp DeGeneres, EllenEllen DeGeneres [12]
Aleiodes falloni Shimbori & Shaw, 2014 Wasp Fallon, JimmyJimmy Fallon [12]
Aleiodes frosti Shimbori & Shaw, 2014 Wasp Frost, RobertRobert Frost The patronym refers to Frost's The Road Not Taken: the larvae emerge from the host caterpillar in a way different from all other relatives. [12]
Aleiodes gaga Butcher et al., 2012 Wasp Lady Gaga [13][14]
Aleiodes kingmani Shimbori & Shaw, 2014 Wasp Kingman, EduardoEduardo Kingman [12]
Aleiodes shakirae Shimbori & Shaw, 2014 Wasp Shakira "Since parasitism by this species causes the host caterpillar to bend and twist its abdomen in various ways, and Shakira is also famous for her belly-dancing, the name seems particularly appropriate." Aleiodes shakirae gr.jpg Shakira Obama.PNG [12]
Aleiodes stewarti Shimbori & Shaw, 2014 Wasp Stewart, JonJon Stewart [12]
Aligheria Girault, 1928 Wasp Alighieri, DanteDante Alighieri [1]
Aligherinia Girault, 1922 Wasp Alighieri, DanteDante Alighieri [6]
Allendia Noonan, 1974 Beetle Allende, SalvadorSalvador Allende [1]
Alviniconcha strummeri Johnson et al., 2014 Snail Strummer, JoeJoe Strummer "The name highlights the 'hardcore' nature of Alviniconcha snails, that inhabit the hottest, most acidic and most sulphidic microhabitats at Indo-Pacific hydrothermal vents. The name also recognizes the surface of Alviniconcha shells: the spiky periostracum resembles the fashion of punk rock bands." [15]
Amaurotoma zappa Plas, 1972 Snail Zappa, FrankFrank Zappa [6]
Amata gil Witt et al., 2007 Moth Ofarim, GilGil Ofarim [16]
Amphinema rollinsi Widmer, 2007 Jellyfish Rollins, HenryHenry Rollins [6]
Amplaria adamsi Shear & Krejca, 2007 Millipede Adams, AnselAnsel Adams [17]
Amplaria muiri Shear & Krejca, 2007 Millipede Muir, JohnJohn Muir [17]
Anacroneuria carole Stark, 2004 Stonefly King, CaroleCarole King [6]
Anacroneuria taylori Stark, 2004 Stonefly Taylor, JamesJames Taylor [6]
Anatoma tobeyoides Geiger & Jansen, 2004 Snail Tobey, MarkMark Tobey [6]
Andrena perahia Pisanty & Schechl, 2016 Bee Perahia, MurrayMurray Perahia [18]
Anelosimus nelsoni Agnarsson, 2006 Spider Mandela, NelsonNelson Mandela [6]
Anelosimus pratchetti Agnarsson, 2012 Spider Pratchett, TerryTerry Pratchett Ingi Agnarsson named the species in 2012, calling Pratchett a "comic genius." [19]
Angeliconana Girault, 1922 Wasp Angelico, FraFra Angelico [6]
Anillinus docwatsoni Sokolov & Carlton, 2004 Beetle Watson, DocDoc Watson [6]
Anolis roosevelti Grant, 1931 Lizard Roosevelt, Jr, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt, Jr [20]
Anomphalus jaggerius Plas, 1972 Snail Jagger, MickMick Jagger [6]
Anophthalmus hitleri Scheibel, 1933 Beetle Hitler, AdolfAdolf Hitler Anophthalmus hitleri HabitusDors.jpg Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S33882, Adolf Hitler (cropped).jpg [21][22]
Anselmella Girault, 1925 Wasp Anselm of Canterbury [6]
Antechinus rosamondae Ride, 1964 Marsupial Clifford, RosamundRosamund Clifford [1]
Anthemiella Girault, 1911 Wasp Anthemius of Tralles [6]
Aphonopelma hollyi Smith, 1995 Spider Holly, BuddyBuddy Holly Discovered in Lubbock, Texas, birthplace of Holly. [23]
Aphonopelma johnnycashi Hamilton, Hendrixson, & Bond, 2016 Spider Cash, JohnnyJohnny Cash "This species can be found near the area of Folsom Prison in California, and like Cash's distinctive style of dress... mature males of this species are generally black in color." Aphonopelma johnnycashi male.jpg At San quentin 1969 2014-05-04 00-14.jpg [24]
Apistogramma mendezi Römer, 1994 Fish Mendes, ChicoChico Mendes [1]
Aptostichus angelinajolieae Bond, 2012 Spider Jolie, AngelinaAngelina Jolie Named in recognition of Jolie's work with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Aptostichus angelinajolieae female.jpg Angelina Jolie Cannes 2007 cropped.jpg [25]
Aptostichus barackobamai Bond, 2012 Spider Obama, BarackBarack Obama Aptostichus barackobamai holotype.jpg President Barack Obama.jpg [26]
Aptostichus bonoi Bond, 2012 Spider Bono The species occurs in Joshua Tree National Park and was named in recognition of U2's 1987 album The Joshua Tree. [26][27]
Aptostichus chavezi Bond, 2012 Spider Chávez, CésarCésar Chávez [26]
Aptostichus dorothealangeae Bond, 2012 Spider Lange, DorotheaDorothea Lange Found in California's agricultural Central Valley [26]
Aptostichus edwardabbeyi Bond, 2012 Spider Abbey, EdwardEdward Abbey [26]
Aptostichus muiri Bond, 2012 Spider Muir, JohnJohn Muir The species occurs in Yosemite National Park, which Muir was instrumental in founding [26]
Aptostichus pennjillettei Bond, 2012 Spider Jillette, PennPenn Jillette Named for Jillette's "advocacy of freethinking and scientific skepticism" [26]
Aptostichus stephencolberti Bond & Stockman, 2008 Spider Colbert, StephenStephen Colbert Aptostichus stephencolberti female 3.jpg Stephen Colbert 4 by David Shankbone.jpg [6]
Archytas Jaennicke, 1867 Fly Archytas [6]
Arcticalymene cooki Adrain & Edgecombe, 1997 Trilobite Cook, PaulPaul Cook [1][28]
Arcticalymene jonesi Adrain & Edgecombe, 1997 Trilobite Jones, SteveSteve Jones [1][28]
Arcticalymene matlocki Adrain & Edgecombe, 1997 Trilobite Matlock, GlenGlen Matlock [1][28]
Arcticalymene rotteni Adrain & Edgecombe, 1997 Trilobite Rotten, JohnnyJohnny Rotten [1][28]
Arcticalymene viciousi Adrain & Edgecombe, 1997 Trilobite Vicious, SidSid Vicious [1][28]
Argentinala cristinae Petrulevičius & Gutiérrez, 2016 Dragonfly Fernández de Kirchner, CristinaCristina Fernández de Kirchner [29]
Arianops carteri Carlton, 2008 Beetle Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter [30]
Arianops clintoni Carlton, 2008 Beetle Clinton, BillBill Clinton [30]
Arianops gorei Carlton, 2008 Beetle Gore, AlAl Gore [30]
Arsinoitherium Beadnell, 1902 Extinct mammal Arsinoe II Arsinoitherium BW.jpg ArsinoeII.jpg [1]
Arthurdactylus conandoylei Frey & Martill, 1994 Pterosaur Doyle, Arthur ConanArthur Conan Doyle Found in jungle similar to where The Lost World was set. [1]
Attenborosaurus Bakker, 1993 Plesiosaur Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough Plesiosaur "in honor of the naturalist and filmmaker, whose childhood fascination with Liassic plesiosaurs sparked a brilliant career in scientific journalism." [6]
Australopicus nelsonmandelai Manegold & Louchart, 2012 Bird Mandela, NelsonNelson Mandela An extinct woodpecker from South Africa [31][32]
Avahi cleesei Thalmann & Geissmann, 2005 Lemur Cleese, JohnJohn Cleese Cleese played a lemur-happy zookeeper in the film Fierce Creatures, hosted a documentary on lemurs, and is concerned with wildlife conservation. [6]
Avalanchurus simoni Edgecom & Chatte, 1993 Trilobite Simon, PaulPaul Simon [6]
Avalanchurus garfunkeli Edgecom & Chatte, 1993 Trilobite Garfunkel, ArtArt Garfunkel [6]
Avalanchurus lennoni Edgecom & Chatte, 1993 Trilobite Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon [6]
Avalanchurus starri Edgecom & Chatte, 1993 Trilobite Starr, RingoRingo Starr [6]
Bachiana Strand, 1928 Wasp Bach, Johann SebastianJohann Sebastian Bach [6]
Bachiana Girault, 1940 Wasp Bach, Johann SebastianJohann Sebastian Bach [6]
Baeturia hardyi De Boer, 1986 Cicada Hardy, OliverOliver Hardy [1]
Baeturia laureli De Boer, 1986 Cicada Laurel, StanStan Laurel [1]
Bagheera kiplingi Peckham & Peckham, 1896 Spider Kipling, RudyardRudyard Kipling The genus name is derived from Bagheera, the black panther from Kipling's Jungle Book [6]
Balboa Distant, 1893 True bug Balboa, Vasco Núñez deVasco Núñez de Balboa [6]
Baracktrema obamai Roberts et al., 2016 Blood fluke Obama, BarackBarack Obama [33]
Barbaturex morrisoni Head et al., 2013 Extinct reptile Morrison, JimJim Morrison [34]
Baru darrowi Wilis et al., 1990 Extinct reptile Darrow, PaulPaul Darrow [6]
Bauhinia sirindhorniae K.Larsen & S.Larsen Legume Sirindhorn [1]
Beddomixalus Abraham et al., 2013 Frog Beddome, Richard HenryRichard Henry Beddome [35]
Beethovena Girault, 1932 Wasp Beethoven, Ludwig vanLudwig van Beethoven [1]
Bishopina mozarti Bonaduce et al. 1976 Crustacean Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusWolfgang Amadeus Mozart [1]
Blakea attenboroughi Penneys Plant Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough [36]
Blighia K. D. Koenig Plant Bligh, WilliamWilliam Bligh Ackee 001.jpg WilliamBligh.jpeg [1]
Blixaea Gottschling, 2017 Protist Bargeld, BlixaBlixa Bargeld [37]
Borrowella Girault, 1923 Wasp Borrow, GeorgeGeorge Borrow [6]
Boudiennyia Girault, 1937 Wasp Budyonny, SemyonSemyon Budyonny [6]
Brachypanorpa sacajawea Byers, 1990 Scorpionfly Sacajawea [6]
Bufonaria borisbeckeri Parth, 1996 Snail Becker, BorisBoris Becker [1]
Buddhaites Diener 1895 Ammonite Buddha
Bumba lennoni Pérez-Miles et al., 2014 Spider Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon [38]
Bushiella beatlesi Rzhavsky, 1993 Polychaete Beatles, TheThe Beatles [6]
Caerostris tinamaze Gregorič, 2015 Spider Maze, TinaTina Maze "named in honour of Tine Maze, Slovenian skier who won Crystal globe with 2414 points" [39]
Caligula Moore, 1862 Moth Caligula Caligula japonica male sjh.jpg Gaius Caesar Caligula.jpg [6]
Callicebus bernhardi van Roosmalen et al., 2002 Monkey Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld [40]
Caloplaca obamae Knudsen Lichen Obama, BarackBarack Obama "for his support of science and scientific education." [41]
Calponia harrisonfordi Platnick, 1993 Spider Ford, HarrisonHarrison Ford [6]
Ornismya anna Lesson, 1829 Bird Catherine Bell (actress)Anna Masséna, Duchess of Rivoli [42]
Campsicnemus charliechaplini Evenhuis, 1996 Fly Chaplin, CharlieCharlie Chaplin This fly dies with its midlegs in a bandy-legged position.[43] [6]
Cancer diogenes Linnaeus, 1758 Crustacean Diogenes of Sinope Petrochirus diogenes 1.jpg Bastein-Lepage Diogenes.jpg [1]
Captaincookia N.Hallé Plant Cook, JamesJames Cook [6]
Carlyleia Girault, 1916 Wasp Carlyle, ThomasThomas Carlyle [1]
Carmenelectra Evenhuis, 2002 Fly Electra, CarmenCarmen Electra [44]
Carnegiea Britton & Rose Cactus Carnegie, AndrewAndrew Carnegie [45]
Cedrorestes crichtoni Gilpin et al., 2007 Dinosaur Crichton, MichaelMichael Crichton [6]
Cephalonomia pinkfloydi Ward, 2013 Wasp Pink Floyd A bethylid wasp from New Zealand [46]
Cervus roosevelti Merriam, 1897 Deer Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt [1]
Cheguevaria Kazantsev, 2006 Beetle Guevara, CheChe Guevara [47]
Cherax snowden Lukhaup, Panteleit & Schrimpf, 2015 Crustacean Snowden, EdwardEdward Snowden [48]
Cherokeea attakullakulla Quinter & Sullivan, 2014 Moth Attakullakulla [49]
Chipetaia Rasmussen, 1996 Primate Chipeta [50]
Chriacus metocometi Van Valen, 1978 Extinct mammal Metacomet [51]
Chriacus oconostotae Van Valen, 1978 Extinct mammal Oconostota [51]
Chtonobdella tanae Tessler et al., 2016 Leech Tan, AmyAmy Tan [52][53]
Cirolana mercuryi Bruce, 2004 Crustacean Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury East African isopod named for "arguably Zanzibar's most famous popular musician and singer." [6]
Cladomyrma sirindhornae Jaitrong et al., 2013 Ant Sirindhorn [54]
Claudius Cope, 1865 Turtle Claudius [6]
Cleopatrodon Bown & Simons, 1987 Extinct mammal Cleopatra VII [1]
Colemanus Fisher, 2015 Wasp Coleman, RonnieRonnie Coleman "Named for bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman, who was famous for his back; referring to the robust and sculptured nature of the mesosomal dorsum." [55]
Coloborhynchus spielbergi Veldmeijer, 2003 Pterosaur Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg [6]
Confucius Distant, 1907 True bug Confucius [6]
Confuciusornis sanctus Hou et al., 1995 Bird Confucius An extinct, early bird. The name means "holy Confucius' bird". [6]
Conobregma bradpitti Quicke & Butcher, 2016 Wasp Pitt, BradBrad Pitt "Named after the senior author's favourite film actor Brad Pitt, whose poster adorned the wall of her laboratory during her doctoral studies." [56]
Cowperia Girault, 1919 Wasp Cowper, WilliamWilliam Cowper [6]
Crichtonsaurus Dong, 2002 Dinosaur Crichton, MichaelMichael Crichton [6]
Crikey steveirwini Stanisic, 2009 Snail Irwin, SteveSteve Irwin [6]
Crocidura attila Dollman, 1915 Shrew Attila [1]
Cryptocercus garciai Burnside et al., 1999 Cockroach Garcia, JerryJerry Garcia [6]
Ctenocheloides attenboroughi Anker, 2010 Crustacean Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough [6]
Ctenomys fochi Thomas, 1919 Rodent Foch, FerdinandFerdinand Foch [57]
Ctenus monaghani Jäger, 2013 Spider Monaghan, DominicDominic Monaghan [58]
Cuspicephalus scarfi Martill & Etches, 2013 Pterosaur Scarfe, GeraldGerald Scarfe [6]
Cycladophora goetheana Haeckel 1887 Protist Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonJohann Wolfgang von Goethe [1]
Cyclocephala casanova Ratcliffe & Cave, 2009 Beetle Casanova [6]
Cyclocephala freudi Endrödi, 1963 Beetle Freud, SigmundSigmund Freud [6]
Cyclocephala rorschachoides Ratcliffe, 1992 Beetle Rorschach, HermannHermann Rorschach [6]
Cystomastacoides nicolepeelerae Quicke, 2013 Wasp Peeler, Nicole D.Nicole D. Peeler A favorite author of the lead biologist, who also named a species after fictional Beatrix Kiddo [59]
Daisya obriani Anderson, 2003 Beetle O'Brian, PatrickPatrick O'Brian A species of weevil named for the author of the Aubrey-Maturin books. [60]
Dalailama Staudinger, 1896 Moth Dalai Lama Bombycid moth from Tibet. [6]
Darwinilus sedarisi Chatzimanolis, 2014 Beetle Sedaris, DavidDavid Sedaris Honors Sedaris, "as an appreciation for his fascination with the natural world." [61]
Dasyurus spartacus Van Dyck, 1987 Marsupial Spartacus [1]
Davincia Girault, 1924 Wasp Vinci, Leonardo daLeonardo da Vinci [6]
Dendrophorbium chopinii Montesinos-Tubée Plant Chopin, FrédéricFrédéric Chopin [62]
Dendropsophus ozzyi Orrico et al., 2014 Frog Osbourne, OzzyOzzy Osbourne [63]
Depressizona exorum Geiger, 2003 Snail Ex, TheThe Ex [6]
Descampsia Risbec, 1955 Wasp Descamps, Jean-BaptisteJean-Baptiste Descamps [6]
Descampsina Mesnil, 1956 Fly Descamps, Jean-BaptisteJean-Baptiste Descamps [6]
Desis bobmarleyi Baehr et al., 2017 Spider Marley, BobBob Marley we describe a new intertidal species from tropical Queensland and name it after Bob Marley, whose song “High Tide or Low Tide” inspired us as it lives in a “high tide low tide” habitat. [64]
Desmopachria barackobamai Makhan, 2015 Beetle Obama, BarackBarack Obama A diving beetle from French Guiana [65]
Diamphipnoa colberti Stark, 2008 Stonefly Colbert, StephenStephen Colbert [6]
Dicrotendipes thanatogratus Epler, 1987 Fly Grateful Dead Thanatos is Greek for "death" and Gratus is Latin for grateful. [6]
Diolcogaster ichiroi Fernandez-Triana, 2018 Wasp Suzuki, IchiroIchiro Suzuki [66]
Diplodocus carnegii Hatcher, 1901 Dinosaur Carnegie, AndrewAndrew Carnegie Diplodocus (replica).001 - London.JPG Andrew Carnegie, by Theodore Marceau.jpg
Djupedalia Knutsen et al., 2012 Extinct reptile Djupedal, ØysteinØystein Djupedal [67]
Doronomyrmex pocahontas Buschinger, 1979 Ant Pocahontas [68]
Draculoides bramstokeri Harvey & Humphreys, 1995 Schizomid Stoker, BramBram Stoker [1]
Echiniscus madonnae Michalczyk & Kaczmarek, 2006 Tardigrade Madonna [69]
Effigia okeeffeae Nesbitt & Norell, 2006 Extinct reptile O'Keeffe, GeorgiaGeorgia O'Keeffe Effigia BW.jpg Georgia O'Keefe UVa cropped.jpg [6]
Electrotettix attenboroughi Heads et al., 2014 Grasshopper Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough


Elijahia Girault, 1928 Wasp Elijah [6]
Elseya irwini Cann, 1997 Turtle Irwin, SteveSteve Irwin [6]
Eleutherodactylus amadeus Hedges et al., 1987 Frog Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusWolfgang Amadeus Mozart [71]
Eleutherodactylus simonbolivari Wiens & Coloma, 1992 Frog Bolívar, SimónSimón Bolívar [71]
Elysia manriquei Ortea & Moro, 2009 Sea slug Manrique, CésarCésar Manrique [6]
Emersonella Wasp Emerson, Ralph WaldoRalph Waldo Emerson [1]
Emersonia Girault, 1933 Wasp Emerson, Ralph WaldoRalph Waldo Emerson [6]
Emersonopsis Girault 1917 Wasp Emerson, Ralph WaldoRalph Waldo Emerson [6]
Enyalioides binzayedi Venegas et al., 2013 Lizard Zayed Al Nahyan, Mohammed binMohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan [72]
Epirhyssa shaka Rousse & Van Noort, 2014 Wasp Shaka Zulu [73]
Equus grevyi Oustalet, 1882 Zebra Grévy, JulesJules Grévy Grevy's Zebra Stallion.jpg Bonnat Portrait of Jules Grevy.jpg [1]
Eristalis alleni Thompson, 1997 Fly Allen, PaulPaul Allen [6]
Eristalis gatesi Thompson, 1997 Fly Gates, BillBill Gates Eristalis gatesi.jpg BillGates2012 cropped.jpg [6]
Eruga gutfreundi Gauld, 1991 Wasp Gutfreund, JohnJohn Gutfreund [74]
Etheostoma clinton Mayden & Layman, 2012 Fish Clinton, BillBill Clinton [75][76]
Etheostoma gore Layman & Mayden Fish Gore, AlAl Gore [75][76]
Etheostoma jimmycarter Layman & Mayden Fish Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter [75][76]
Etheostoma obama Mayden & Layman, 2012 Fish Obama, BarackBarack Obama [75][76]
Etheostoma teddyroosevelt Layman & Mayden Fish Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt [75][76]
Etmopterus benchleyi Vásquez et al., 2015 Fish Benchley, PeterPeter Benchley A species of shark. Benchley is the author of Jaws and was a marine conservationist. [77]
Eucteniza panchovillai Bond & Godwin, 2013 Spider Villa, PanchoPancho Villa Discovered in San Juan del Rio, Durango, birthplace of Villa [78]
Eulaema quadragintanovem Nemésio & Ferrari, 2012 Bee Ronaldinho ‘Quadraginta novem’ means forty-nine, the number of Ronaldinho’s T-shirt at Clube Atlético Mineiro, his late team in Brazil. Ronaldinho chose the number 49 as homage to his mother, born in 1949. [79]
Euphorbia regis-jubae Webb & Berthel. Plant Juba II [1]
Eurycea junaluska Sever et al., 1976 Salamander Junaluska [80]
Evarcha brinki Haddad & Wesołowska, 2011 Spider Brink, AndréAndré Brink [81]
Evita Capps, 1943 Moth Perón, EvaEva Perón [6]
Fernandocrambus chopinellus Błeszyński, 1967 Moth Chopin, FrédéricFrédéric Chopin [1]
Finlayia Girault 1934 Wasp Finlay, GeorgeGeorge Finlay [6]
Filistata maguirei Marusik & Zamani, 2015 Spider Maguire, TobeyTobey Maguire Maguire starred in three Spider-Man films. [82]
Franklinia W.Bartram ex Marshall Plant Franklin, BenjaminBenjamin Franklin Franklinia alatamaha.jpg BenFranklinDuplessis.jpg [1]
Froudeana Froudeana Girault, 1928 Wasp Froude, James AnthonyJames Anthony Froude [6]
Funkotriplogynium iagobadius Seeman & Walter, 1997 Mite Brown, JamesJames Brown Iago is "James" and badius is "brown" in Latin. [6][83]
Gabrius tolkieni Schillhammer, 1997 Beetle Tolkien, J. R. R.J. R. R. Tolkien [6]
Gaga Pryer et al. Plant Lady Gaga A genus of ferns including Gaga monstraparva, Latin for "little monster" [84]
Gagadon Stucky & Covert, 2014 Extinct mammal Lady Gaga The type species is named Gagadon minimonstrum. [85]
Ganaspidium didionae Buffington, 2010 Wasp Didion, JoanJoan Didion The wasp's range includes deserts of the American Southwest, setting of several Didion's works. [86]
Ganaspidium flemingi Buffington, 2010 Wasp Fleming, IanIan Fleming The holotype was collected in the Bahamas, where Fleming was a "long time resident". [86]
Gazella bilkis Groves & Lay, 1985 Gazelle Sheba, Queen ofQueen of Sheba Bilkis is one of many names of the Queen given throughout history [1]
Gentiana L. Plant Gentius Gentiana-verna2.jpg Face of King Gentius on Ancient Illyrian coin.jpg [1]
Gnathia beethoveni Paul & Menzies, 1971 Crustacean Beethoven, Ludwig vanLudwig van Beethoven [1]
Gnathia marleyi Farquharson et al., 2012 Crustacean Marley, BobBob Marley Gnathia marleyi - female with eggs.jpg Bob-Marley.jpg [87]
Godiva Macnae, 1954 Sea slug Lady Godiva [1]
Goetheana Girault, 1920 Wasp Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonJohann Wolfgang von Goethe [1]
Goetheana shakespearei Girault, 1920 Wasp Shakespeare, WilliamWilliam Shakespeare [1]
Goethella Girault, 1928 Wasp Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonJohann Wolfgang von Goethe [6]
Goniozus musae Ward, 2013 Wasp Muse A bethylid wasp from New Zealand. "This species is named after the music band, Muse. [The name] also refers to 'musings' over the placement of this species." [46]
Gounodia Girault, 1940 Wasp Gounod, CharlesCharles Gounod [6]
Greeffiella beatlei Lorenzen, 1969 Nematode Beatles, TheThe Beatles [6]
Grimaldichthys profundissimus Roule, 1913 Fish Albert I, Prince of Monaco The prince was born Albert Grimaldi [1]
Grimalditeuthis Joubin, 1898 Squid Albert I, Prince of Monaco Grimalditeuthis bonplandi (2).jpg Albert I, Prince of Monaco.jpg [1]
Grotiusella Girault, 1913 Wasp Grotius, HugoHugo Grotius [6]
Grotiusomyia Girault, 1917 Wasp Grotius, HugoHugo Grotius [6]
Hannibalia Girault, 1928 Thrip Hannibal [6]
Hapalopus aldanus Spider Alda, AlanAlan Alda [88]
Haplochromis nyererei Witte-Maas & Witte, 1985 Fish Nyerere, JuliusJulius Nyerere Pundamilia nyererei.jpg Julius Nyerere cropped.jpg [1]
Harpagus Vigors, 1824 Bird Harpagus [1]
Harryhausenia Boyko, 2004 Extinct crab Harryhausen, RayRay Harryhausen "Named for the great dynamator of fantasy film, Ray Harryhausen, in recognition of his long career during which he brought the imaginary to life on the screen."[89] [89]
Heliosorex roosevelti Heller, 1910 Shrew Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt [1]
Hellinsia aguilerai Gielis, 2011 Moth Roldós Aguilera, JaimeJaime Roldós Aguilera


Hellinsia alfaroi Gielis, 2011 Moth Alfaro, EloyEloy Alfaro [3]
Hellinsia benalcazari Gielis, 2011 Moth Belalcázar, Sebastián deSebastián de Belalcázar [3]
Hellinsia huayna Gielis, 2011 Moth Huayna Capac [3]
Hellinsia morenoi Gielis, 2011 Moth García Moreno, GabrielGabriel García Moreno [3]
Hellinsia orellanai Gielis, 2011 Moth Orellana, Francisco deFrancisco de Orellana [3]
Hellinsia pizarroi Gielis, 2011 Moth Pizarro, FranciscoFrancisco Pizarro [3]
Hellinsia ruminahuii Gielis, 2011 Moth Rumiñawi [3]
Hellinsia sucrei Gielis, 2011 Moth Sucre, Antonio José deAntonio José de Sucre [3]
Hellinsia tupaci Gielis, 2011 Moth Topa Inca Yupanqui [3]
Herodotia Girault 1931 Wasp Herodotus [6]
Hesperia hobomok Harris, 1862 Butterfly Hobomok [6]
Heteropoda davidbowie Jäger, 2008 Spider Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie [90][91]
Heteropoda ninahagen Jäger, 2008 Spider Hagen, NinaNina Hagen [90][91]
Heteragrion brianmayi Lencioni, 2013 Damselfly May, BrianBrian May One of four Heteragrion species named after members of the band Queen [92]
Heteragrion freddiemercuryi Lencioni, 2013 Damselfly Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury One of four Heteragrion species named after members of the band Queen [92]
Heteragrion johndeaconi Lencioni, 2013 Damselfly Deacon, JohnJohn Deacon One of four Heteragrion species named after members of the band Queen [92]
Heteragrion rogertaylori Lencioni, 2013 Damselfly Taylor, RogerRoger Taylor One of four Heteragrion species named after members of the band Queen [92]
Heterospilus reagani Marsh, 2013 Wasp Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan [93]
Heterospilus washingtoni Marsh, 2013 Wasp Washington, GeorgeGeorge Washington [93]
Heterospilus xerxes Marsh, 2013 Wasp Xerxes [93]
Homeryon Galil, 2000 Crustacean Homer [94]
Horaglanis abdulkalami Babu 2012 Fish Kalam, A. P. J. AbdulA. P. J. Abdul Kalam [95]
Houdinia Hoare et al., 2006 Moth Houdini, HarryHarry Houdini [6]
Hycleus marcipoli Pan & Bologna, 2014 Beetle Polo, MarcoMarco Polo [96]
Hydrolagus trolli Didier & Séret, 2002 Fish Troll, RayRay Troll [97]
Hydroscapha redfordi Maier et al., 2010 Beetle Redford, RobertRobert Redford [6]
Hyla stingi Kaplan, 1994 Frog Sting Colombian tree frog named in recognition of Sting's work for the rain forest. [6]
Hyloscirtus princecharlesi Coloma et al., 2012 Frog Charles, Prince of Wales Hyloscirtus princecharlesi.jpg Prince Charles 2012.jpg [98]
Ibyka J.E. Skog & H.P. Banks Plant Ibycus [6]
Idiogramma elbakyanae Khalaim, 2017 Wasp Elbakyan, AlexandraAlexandra Elbakyan "named in honour of ... creator of the web-site Sci-Hub, in recognition of her contribution to making scientific knowledge available for all researchers" [99]
Idiomacromerus longfellowi Girault, 1917 Wasp Longfellow, Henry WadsworthHenry Wadsworth Longfellow [1]
Ilomantis ginsburgae Brannoch & Svenson, 2016 Mantis Ginsburg, Ruth BaderRuth Bader Ginsburg [100]
Inacayalestes Petrulevičius, 2015 Damselfly Inacayal [101]
Jaggermeryx Miller et al., 2014 Extinct mammal Jagger, MickMick Jagger [102]
Japewiella dollypartoniana J.L. Allen et al. Lichen Parton, DollyDolly Parton "named in honor of Dolly Parton ... Parton rose to stardom ... in the mountains of eastern Tennessee on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains where this species grows abundantly" [103]
Jawharia Seiffert et al., 2007 Extinct mammal Jawhar al-Siqilli [104]
Jeffersonia Barton Plant Jefferson, ThomasThomas Jefferson Jeffersonia diphylla closeup.jpg Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800.jpg [1]
Jenghizkhan Olshevsky, 1995 Dinosaur Khan, GenghisGenghis Khan [1]
Jubaea Kunth Plant Juba II [1]
Kalloprion kilmisteri Eriksson, 2006 Polychaete Kilmister, LemmyLemmy Kilmister [105]
Keatsia Girault 1928 Wasp Keats, JohnJohn Keats [1]
Kerevata clarksoni Butcher & Quicke, 2014 Wasp Clarkson, JeremyJeremy Clarkson One of three species named after the hosts of Top Gear [106]
Kerevata hammondi Butcher & Quicke, 2014 Wasp Hammond, RichardRichard Hammond One of three species named after the hosts of Top Gear [106]
Kerevata jamesmayi Butcher & Quicke, 2014 Wasp May, JamesJames May One of three species named after the hosts of Top Gear [106]
Kerygmachela kierkegaardi Budd, 1993 Extinct arthropod Kierkegaard, SørenSøren Kierkegaard [6]
Khamul tolkeini Gates, 2008 Wasp Tolkien, J. R. R.J. R. R. Tolkien The generic name Khamul is "named for the only Nazgl (sic) specifically named by J. R. R. Tolkien, Khaml (sic), the Shadow of the East (aka Black Easterling)" [107]
Khruschevia Flower, 1961 Worm Khrushchev, NikitaNikita Khrushchev Named by Rousseau H. Flower to show his dislike of the Soviet Premier and the Communist Party in general. [1][108]
Kingnites diamondi Eriksson et al., 2012 Worm King Diamond [109]
Kirchnerala Petrulevicius & Gutiérrez, 2016 Dragonfly Kirchner, NéstorNéstor Kirchner [29]
Kootenichela deppi Legg, 2013 Extinct arthropod Depp, JohnnyJohnny Depp [110]
Kora corallina Simone, 2012 Snail Cora Coralina [111]
Lamennaisia Girault, 1922 Wasp Lamennais, Hugues Felicité Robert deHugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais [6]
Lasioglossum obamai Genaro, 2016 Bee Obama, BarackBarack Obama [112]
Lathrolestes fiedleri Reshchikov, 2015 Wasp Fiedler, ArkadyArkady Fiedler [113]
Legionella shakespearei Verma et al. 1992 Bacterium Shakespeare, WilliamWilliam Shakespeare Isolated from Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare [114]
Leninia Fischer et al., 2013 Extinct reptile Lenin, VladimirVladimir Lenin "The museum where [the type specimen] is housed is located within the Lenin Memorial and Lenin school complex in Ulyanovsk; accordingly, the generic name reflects the geohistorical location of the find."[115] [115]
Leonardo davincii Błeszyński, 1965 Moth Vinci, Leonardo daLeonardo da Vinci [6]
Lepidoteuthis grimaldii Joubin, 1895 Squid Albert I, Prince of Monaco The prince was born Albert Grimaldi [1]
Lepithrix freudi Schein, 1959 Beetle Freud, SigmundSigmund Freud [6]
Leucothoe eltoni Thomas, 2015 Crustacean John, EltonElton John "In reference to the large shoe-like first gnathopod of this species and the oversize boots Elton John wore as the local pinball champion in the movie Tommy." [116]
Leucothoe tolkieni Vinogradov, 1990 Crustacean Tolkien, J. R. R.J. R. R. Tolkien [117]
Leviathan melvillei Lambert et al., 2010 Whale Melville, HermanHerman Melville An extinct whale: Melville is the author of Moby Dick. Livyatan melvillei.jpg Herman Melville.jpg [6]
Lincolna Girault, 1940 Wasp Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln [6]
Lincolnanna Girault, 1939 Wasp Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln [6]
Litarachna lopezae Pešić et al., 2014 Mite Lopez, JenniferJennifer Lopez An aquatic mite from Puerto Rico Litarachna lopezae.jpg Jennifer Lopez at GLAAD Media Awards (cropped).jpg [118][119]
Litokoala dicksmithi Black et al., 2013 Marsupial Smith, DickDick Smith An extinct koala named for Smith's financial support of paleontological research [120]
Liturgusa algorei Svenson, 2014 Mantis Gore, AlAl Gore Named for Gore's "environmental activism including his efforts to raise public awareness of global climate change."[121] [121]
Liturgusa fossetti Svenson, 2014 Mantis Fossett, SteveSteve Fossett Named for Fossett's "inspirational dedication to adventure and exploration."[121] [121]
Liturgusa krattorum Svenson, 2014 Mantis Kratt, MartinMartin Kratt and Chris Kratt Named for the "hosts and creators of Kratts' Creatures and Wild Kratts... which provide children with entertaining programming focused on animal biology presented with accurate information."[121] [121]
Lontra weiri Prassack, 2016 Otter Weir, BobBob Weir [122]
Loureedia Miller et al., 2012 Spider Reed, LouLou Reed Loureedia annulipes male2.jpg Lou reed.jpg [123]
Loxosomatoides sirindhornae Wood, 2005 Entoproct Sirindhorn [1]
Lutheria Girault, 1919 Wasp Luther, MartinMartin Luther Replaced by nomen novum Lutherisca. [6]
Mackenziurus johnnyi Adrian & Edgecombe, 1997 Trilobite Ramone, JohnnyJohnny Ramone [1]
Mackenziurus joeyi Adrian & Edgecombe, 1997 Trilobite Ramone, JoeyJoey Ramone [1]
Mackenziurus deedeei Adrian & Edgecombe, 1997 Trilobite Ramone, Dee DeeDee Dee Ramone [1]
Mackenziurus ceejayi Adrian & Edgecombe, 1997 Trilobite Ramone, C. J.C. J. Ramone [1]
Macrobrachium sirindhorn Naiyanetr, 2001 Crustacean Sirindhorn [1]
Macrocarpaea dies-viridis J.R.Grant Plant Green Day "Dies-viridis" is Latin for "green day" [6]
Magellanana Girault, 1939 Wasp Magellan, FerdinandFerdinand Magellan [6]
Magnolia sirindhorniae Noot. & Chalermglin Plant Sirindhorn [1]
Maguimithrax Klompmaker et al., 2015 Crustacean Maguire, TobeyTobey Maguire A genus of spider crab. Maguire starred in three Spider-Man films. [124]
Maldybulakia angusi Edgecombe 1998 Extinct arthropod Young, AngusAngus Young An Australian fossil myriapod [125]
Maldybulakia malcolmi Edgecomb, 1998 Extinct arthropod Young, MalcolmMalcolm Young An Australian fossil myriapod [125]
Mammuthus jeffersonii Osborn, 1922 Mammoth Jefferson, ThomasThomas Jefferson [1]
Mandelia Valdés & Gosliner, 1999 Sea slug Mandela, NelsonNelson Mandela Mandelia mirocornata.jpg Nelson Mandela-2008 (edit).jpg [1][126]
Maotherium Rougier et al., 2003 Extinct mammal Zedong, MaoMao Zedong [1]
Marshiella lettermani Shaw, 2000 Wasp Letterman, DavidDavid Letterman [127]
Martesia tolkieni Kennedy, 1974 Clam Tolkien, J. R. R.J. R. R. Tolkien [6]
Masiakasaurus knopfleri Sampson et al., 2001 Dinosaur Knopfler, MarkMark Knopfler Masiakasaurus BW.jpg DSC08946 Mark Knopfler Emmylou Harris by Volkan Yuksel.JPG [1]
Mastophora dizzydeani Eberhard, 1981 Spider Dean, DizzyDizzy Dean The spider uses a sticky ball on the end of a thread to catch its prey. [1]
Marxella Girault, 1932 Wasp Marx, KarlKarl Marx [6]
Marxiana Girault, 1932 Wasp Marx, KarlKarl Marx [6]
Materpiscis attenboroughi Long et al., 2008 Fish Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough Materpiscis.jpg David Attenborough (cropped).jpg [36]
Maxillaria gorbatchowii R.Vásquez Plant Gorbachev, MikhailMikhail Gorbachev [1]
Meenoplus roddenberryi Hoch & Naranjo, 2012 True bug Roddenberry, GeneGene Roddenberry [128]
Megachile chomskyi Sheffield, 2013 Bee Chomsky, NoamNoam Chomsky Megachile chomskyi holotype - ZooKeys-283-043-g004.jpeg Noam Chomsky, 2004.jpg [129]
Megalonyx jeffersonii Desmarest, 1822 Ground sloth Jefferson, ThomasThomas Jefferson Megalonyx jeffersonii - Natural History Museum of Utah - DSC07263.JPG Official Presidential portrait of Thomas Jefferson (by Rembrandt Peale, 1800).jpg [1]
Megaselia mithridatesi Hash, 2014 Fly Mithridates VI of Pontus [130]
Menura alberti Bonaparte, 1850 Bird Albert, Prince Consort [131]
Meoneura swifti Stuke, 2016 Fly Swift, JonathanJonathan Swift A tiny fly. Swift "demonstrated in... Gulliver's Travels, that small individuals might be very important." [132]
Mercurana Abraham et al., 2013 Frog Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury [35]
Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni Fraaije et al., 2012 Crustacean Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson [133]
Metallichneumon neurospastarchus Wahl & Sime, 2002 Wasp Metallica A parasitic wasp. The genus name honors the band, while neurospastarchus ("ruler of puppets" in Greek) alludes to "the weak and mindless nature" of hosts, and the album Master of Puppets. [134]
Microchilo elgrecoi Błeszyński, 1966 Moth Greco, ElEl Greco [1]
Microchilo murilloi Błeszyński, 1966 Moth Murillo, Bartolomé EstebanBartolomé Esteban Murillo [1]
Milesdavis Lieberman, 1994 Trilobite Davis, MilesMiles Davis [135]
Mirina confucius Zolotuhin & Witt, 2000 Moth Confucius
Mitra kamehameha Pilsbry, 1921 Snail Kamehameha I, KingKing Kamehameha I [1]
Montypythonoides Extinct reptile Monty Python Subsequently synonymized with Morelia [136]
Mozartella Girault 1926 Wasp Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusWolfgang Amadeus Mozart [1]
Mozartella beethoveni Girault 1926 Wasp Beethoven, Ludwig vanLudwig van Beethoven Type species of Mozartella [1]
Munidopsis mandelai Macpherson et al., 2014 Crustacean Mandela, NelsonNelson Mandela [137]
Muntiacus rooseveltorum Osgood, 1932 Deer Roosevelt Jr., TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt Jr. and Kermit Roosevelt [138][139]
Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi Bond & Platnick, 2007 Spider Young, NeilNeil Young [6]
Myzomela irianawidodoae Prawiradilaga et. al., 2017 Bird Iriana Joko Widodo Named after the first lady of Indonesia at the time due to her great interest in the country's nature. [140]
Nabokovia Hemming, 1960 Butterfly Nabokov, VladimirVladimir Nabokov A nomen novum for a genus Nabokov previously named [6]
Namalycastis jaya Magesh et al., 2012 Polychaete Jayalalithaa, JJ Jayalalithaa Named in recognition of Dr.J. Jayalalithaa's contributions towards education for the People of Tamil Nadu, India (especially for impoverished people). [141]
Nanocthulhu lovecrafti Nanocthulhu lovecrafti Wasp Lovecraft, H. P.H. P. Lovecraft The genus name invokes Lovecraft's character Cthulhu [142]
Napoleonaea P.Beauv. Water lily Napoleon Palisot de Beauvois named the type species Napoleonaea imperialis [1]
Neanthes roosevelti Hartman, 1939 Worm Roosevelt, Franklin D.Franklin D. Roosevelt [1]
Neomegamphopus roosevelti Shoemaker, 1942 Crustacean Roosevelt, Franklin D.Franklin D. Roosevelt [143][144]
Neopalpa donaldtrumpi Nazari, 2017 Moth Trump, DonaldDonald Trump Named due to the resemblance of scales on the head of the moth to Trump's hairstyle Neopalpa donaldtrumpi adult male, Imperial County, California.jpg Donald Trump August 19, 2015 (cropped).jpg [145][146]
Neoperla teresa Neoperla teresa Stonefly Heinz, TeresaTeresa Heinz [6]
Nepenthes attenboroughii A.S.Rob. et al. Plant Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough [36]
Neruda Turner, 1976 Butterfly Neruda, PabloPablo Neruda [147]
Norasaphus monroeae Fortey & Shergold, 1984 Trilobite Monroe, MarilynMarilyn Monroe Trilobite with an hourglass shaped glabella. [6]
Notiospathius johnlennoni De Jesús-Bonilla et al., 2011 Wasp Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon In honor of the 30th anniversary of Lennon's death [148]
Nystalus obamai Whitney et al., 2013 Bird Obama, BarackBarack Obama [42]
Obamadon Longrich et al., 2013 Extinct reptile Obama, BarackBarack Obama [149]
Thalassidroma hornbyi Gray, 1853 Bird Hornby, PhippsPhipps Hornby Hornby had collected the holotype. [42][150]
Ophelosia mcglashani Berry, 1995 Wasp McGlashan, DonDon McGlashan [151]
Orectochilus orbisonorum Miller et al., 2008 Beetle Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison and his widow Barbara Orbison Whirligig beetle from India. [6]
Ornithoptera alexandrae Rothschild, 1907 Butterfly Alexandra of Denmark MP - Ornithoptera alexandrae 3.jpg Alexandra of Denmark02.jpg [1]
Orontobia dalailama De Freina, 1997 Moth Dalai Lama Tiger moth from Tibet. [6]
Orsonwelles Hormiga, 2002 Spider Welles, OrsonOrson Welles Many of the species are named after elements from Welles' films. [152]
Ovidia Meisn. Plant Ovid [6]
Ovidia Girault, 1924 Wasp Ovid
Pachygnatha zappa Bosmans & Bosselaers, 1994 Spider Zappa, FrankFrank Zappa An orb-weaver spider, it has a black marking under its abdomen curiously reminiscent of Frank Zappa's mustache. [6]
Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum Hanelt et al., 2012 Dinosaur Perot, RossRoss Perot and family [153]
Pamphila confucius Felder & Felder, 1862 Butterfly Confucius Potanthus confucius Taioan ngpanlongtiap 002.jpg Confucius Tang Dynasty.jpg
Papasula abbotti costelloi Steadman et al., 1988 Bird Costello, LouLou Costello An allusion to Abbott and Costello, however the patronym abbotti honors William Louis Abbott, not Bud Abbott. [1][154]
Papilio montezuma Westwood, 1842 Butterfly Moctezuma II ParidesmontezumaMale.JPG Moctezuma Mendoza.jpg [1]
Paradonea presleyi Miller et al., 2012 Spider Presley, ElvisElvis Presley [155]
Paragordius obamai Hanelt et al., 2012 Horsehair worm Obama, BarackBarack Obama [156]
Paragorgia jamesi Herrera & Shank, 2016 Coral Rodríguez, JamesJames Rodríguez "Named in honor of James David Rodríguez Rubio, arguably the best Colombian professional football (soccer) player in history." [157]
Paramaka pearljam Mariano, 2011 Mayfly Pearl Jam [158]
Paroxyna cleopatra Hering, 1937 Fly Cleopatra VII [6]
Paroxyna messalina Hering, 1937 Fly Messalina, ValeriaValeria Messalina [6]
Pecten jeffersonius Say, 1824 Scallop Jefferson, ThomasThomas Jefferson [159]
Pentaceration bifficlyro Crustacean Biffy Clyro [160]
Perirehaedulus richardsi Trilobite Richards, KeithKeith Richards Aegrotocatellus jaggeri was named concurrently to honor fellow Rolling Stones member Mick Jagger. [5][6]
Petula Clarke, 1971 Moth Clark, PetulaPetula Clark [6]
Phalaena agrippina Cramer, 1776 Moth Julia the Younger Derived from Julia the Younger's birth name Vipsania Agrippina [1]
Pheidole harrisonfordi Wilson, 2003 Ant Ford, HarrisonHarrison Ford [6]
Pheidole mooreorum Wilson, 2003 Ant Moore, GordonGordon Moore and Betty Moore Named "in recognition of their outstanding contribution in service and support to tropical conservation, hence the habitats in which the Pheidole ants will continue to exist."[161] [161]
Pheidole roosevelti Mann, 1921 Ant Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt [1]
Phialella zappai Boero, 1987 Jellyfish Zappa, FrankFrank Zappa Named as a plan to meet Zappa, who stated "There is nothing I'd like better than having a jellyfish named after me".[162]
Phricotelphusa sirindhorn Naiyanetr, 1989 Crustacean Sirindhorn [1]
Phuwiangosaurus sirindhornae Martin et al., 1994 Dinosaur Sirindhorn [1]
Pinkfloydia Dimitrov & Hormiga, 2011 Spider Pink Floyd "Pink Floyd was an innovative group that created music (with) an eclectic mixture of styles. Pinkfloydia has very unusual morphological features and its name aims to reflect its uniqueness." [163]
Pinus montezumae Lamb. Pine Moctezuma II [1]
Plato Coddington, 1986 Spider Plato [6]
Polycheles martini Ahyong & Brown, 2002 Crustacean Martin, BrianBrian Martin [164]
Platygobiopsis akihito Springer & Randall, 1992 Fish Akihito [165]
Pritha garfieldi Marusik & Zamani, 2015 Spider Garfield, AndrewAndrew Garfield Garfield starred in two Spider-Man films. [82]
Plethodon sequoyah Highton, 1989 Salamander Sequoyah [71]
Plesiosaurus conybeari Sollas, 1881 Plesiosaur William, ConybeareConybeare William [6]
Plutarchia Girault, 1925 Wasp Plutarch [1]
Predatoroonops mctiernani Brescovit et al., 2012 Spider McTiernan, JohnJohn McTiernan McTiernan is the director of Predator. [166]
Predatoroonops peterhalli Brescovit et al., 2012 Spider Hall, Kevin PeterKevin Peter Hall Hall played the Predator in Predator. [166]
Predatoroonops schwarzeneggeri Brescovit, et al., 2012 Spider Schwarzenegger, ArnoldArnold Schwarzenegger Schwarzenegger is the star of Predator. [166]
Prethopalpus attenboroughi Baehr & Harvey, 2012 Spider Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough [36]
Preseucoela imallshookupis Buffington, 2004 Wasp Presley, ElvisElvis Presley The genus name derives from Presley's last name while the specific name derives from Presley's song "All Shook Up". [167]
Pristimantis imthurni Kok, 2013 Frog Thurn, Everard F. imEverard F. im Thurn [168]
Pristimantis jamescameroni Kok, 2013 Frog Cameron, JamesJames Cameron [168]
Pristionchus maxplancki Kanzaki et al., 2013 Worm Planck, MaxMax Planck [169]
Propionibacterium acnes type Zappae Campisano et al., 2014 Bacterium Zappa, FrankFrank Zappa "This bacterium is so unconventional in its behavior, and its new habitat is so unexpected that we thought of Frank Zappa". [170]
Psephophorus terrypratchetti Köhler, 1995 Turtle Pratchett, TerryTerry Pratchett Pratchett wrote a series of fantasy books set on a world carried on the back of a giant turtle. [1]
Pseudapanteles alfiopivai Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Piva, AlfioAlfio Piva "in recognition of his many years of administrative support to ... INBio ... and of his policy efforts on behalf of conserving biodiversity in Costa Rica." [171]
Pseudapanteles christianafigueresae Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Figueres, ChristianaChristiana Figueres "for her persistent interest in ACG survival since the early 1990's, and up through her ... efforts to get the world to reverse its climate change" [171]
Pseudapanteles jorgerodriguezi Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Rodríguez, JorgeJorge Rodríguez "who ... helped ACG forge new paths of self-support through Environmental Service Payments" [171]
Pseudapanteles josefigueresi Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Figueres, José MaríaJosé María Figueres "in recognition of his steady and imaginative support of ACG foundation, growth and survival through non-damaging biodiversity development" [171]
Pseudapanteles laurachinchillae Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Chinchilla, LauraLaura Chinchilla "in gratitude for her persistent tolerance of ACG efforts to push the conservation envelope during her term in office." [171]
Pseudapanteles luisguillermosolisi Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Solís, Luis GuillermoLuis Guillermo Solís "in appreciation of the new opportunity for further administrative evolution that his election offers to ACG" [171]
Pseudapanteles margaritapenonae Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Penón, MargaritaMargarita Penón "who listened patiently ... and thereby set the process in motion that protects all of these wasps and hundreds of thousands of other ACG species." [171]
Pseudapanteles oscarariasi Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Arias, ÓscarÓscar Arias "who, upon listening to Margarita Penon's summary of the ACG concept in 1986, set ACG survival policy in motion" [171]
Pseudapanteles ottonsolisi Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Solís, OttónOttón Solís "in recognition of his steadfast policy support of the ACG concept throughout two decades ... and the foundation of the party, PAC" [171]
Pseudapanteles renecastroi Fernández-Triana & Whitfield, 2014 Wasp Castro, RenéRené Castro "who helped ACG and INBio in their early years ..., promoted the development of Costa Rica's carbon market, and tolerated the growing pains of decentralized administration of Costa Rica's conserved wildlands." [171]
Pseudocorinna brianeno Jocqué & Bosselaers, 2011 Spider Eno, BrianBrian Eno [172]
Pseudoeurycea ahuitzotl Adler, 1996 Salamander Ahuitzotl [71]
Pseudoparamys cezannei Hartenberger, 1987 Rodent Cézanne, PaulPaul Cézanne [1]
Pterostichus neilgaimani Chaladze, et al., 2017 Beetle Gaiman, NeilNeil Gaiman "Species is named after author Neil Gaiman, for bringing back what has been forgotten." [173]
Pulex cheopsis Rothschild, 1903 Flea Khufu From Khufu's Hellenized name Cheops [1]
Pycnomma roosevelti Ginsburg, 1939 Fish Roosevelt, Franklin D.Franklin D. Roosevelt [1]
Rooseveltia frankliniana O.F.Cook Plant Roosevelt, Franklin D.Franklin D. Roosevelt [1]
Qiliania graffini Ji et al., 2011 Bird Graffin, GregGreg Graffin [174][175]
Raffaellia Girault, 1922 Wasp Raphael [6]
Rana montezumae Baird, 1854 Frog Moctezuma II [71]
Raphaelana Girault 1926 Wasp Raphael [1]
Raphaelonia Girault 1924 Wasp Raphael [6]
Rebutia einsteinii Frič Plant Albert Einstein Rebutia einsteinii 1.jpg Einstein 1921 by F Schmutzer - restoration.jpg [176]
Renaniana Girault, 1931 Wasp Renan, ErnestErnest Renan [6]
Rhinatrema shiv Gower et al., 2010 Caecilian Chanderpaul, ShivnarineShivnarine Chanderpaul [71]
Rhyzodiastes xii Wang, 2016 Beetle Xi Jinping Named after the President of China [177]
Richteria Girault, 1920 Wasp Paul, JeanJean Paul Derived from Paul's birth name, Johann Paul Friedrich Richter [1]
Rochlingia Guthörl, 1934 Extinct insect Röchling, HermannHermann Röchling The genus was named after German industrialist and Nazi supporter Hermann Röchling. [22]
Rochlingia hitleri Guthörl, 1934 Extinct insect Hitler, AdolfAdolf Hitler [22]
Rollinschaeta Parry et al., 2015 Worm Rollins, HenryHenry Rollins "Rollins – for Henry Rollins + chaeta, from Late Latin, for a bristle, seta or long hair." [178]
Rostropria garbo Early & Naumann, 1990 Wasp Garbo, GretaGreta Garbo Diapriid wasp described as "a solitary female". [6]
Rotaovula hirohitoi Cate & Azuma, 1973 Snail Hirohito [143][179]
Rubus × mussolinii Hruby Plant Mussolini, BenitoBenito Mussolini Hybrid blackberry from northeastern Libya [180]
Saepocephalum stephenfryii Gustafsson & Bush, 2017 Bird louse Fry, StephenStephen Fry In a revision of the Brueelia-complex, the louse was named in recognition of Fry because his "quiz show “QI” can be seen as a revision of the complexity of human knowledge, one misunderstanding at the time." [181]
Salinoctomys loschalchalerosorum Mares et al., 2000 Rodent Chalchaleros, LosLos Chalchaleros [1]
Sappho Reichenbach, 1849 Bird Sappho PSM V05 D299 Sappho comet.jpg Sappho-drawing.jpg [1]
Scaptia beyonceae Lessard, 2011 Fly Knowles, BeyoncéBeyoncé Knowles The horse fly was named after the singer and actress because of its striking golden behind. [6]
Schilleria Girault, 1932 Wasp Schiller, FriedrichFriedrich Schiller Its nomen novum is Schilleriella Ghesquiere, 1946 [6]
Scipionyx Dal Sasso & Signore, 1998 Dinosaur Scipio Africanus Scipionyx samniticus.JPG Isis priest01 pushkin.jpg [1]
Sequoia Endl. Plant Sequoyah The derivation of Sequoia from "Sequoyah" is controversial since the botanist who coined it left no record of the etymology. US 199 Redwood Highway.jpg Sequoyah.jpg [182]
Serendipaceratops arthurcclarkei Rich & Vickers-Rich, 2003 Dinosaur Clarke, Arthur C.Arthur C. Clarke [1]
Sericomyrmex radioheadi Ješovnik & Schultz, 2017 Ant Radiohead "This species is named after the English rock band Radiohead as an acknowledgement of their longstanding efforts in environmental activism, especially in raising climate-change awareness, and in honor of their music, which is an excellent companion during long hours at the microscope while conducting taxonomic revisions of ants."[183] [183]
Serratoterga larsoni Johnson, 1991 Butterfly Larson, GaryGary Larson [184]
Shakespearia Girault, 1928 Wasp Shakespeare, WilliamWilliam Shakespeare [1]
Shireplitis tolkieni Fernández-Triana & Ward, 2013 Wasp Tolkien, J. R. R.J. R. R. Tolkien Other species of Shireplitis are named after various Lord of the Rings characters. [185]
Sinatra Buffington, 2011 Wasp Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra [6]
Singafrotypa mandela Kuntner & Hormiga, 2002 Spider Mandela, NelsonNelson Mandela "The species is named after Nelson Mandela in honor of his struggle against Apartheid."[186] [186]
Sciophila holopaineni Salmela, 2017 Fly Holopainen, TuomasTuomas Holopainen "The new species is named after Mr. Tuomas Holopainen, the founder, songwriter and keyboardist of a Finnish metal band, "Nightwish""[187] [187]
Sirdavidia Couvreur & Sauquet Plant Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough The first plant genus named for Attenborough[188] [189]
Siriella roosevelti Tattersall, 1941 Crustacean Roosevelt, Franklin D.Franklin D. Roosevelt [1]
Sirindhorn thailandiensis Adamski & Malikul, 2003 Butterfly Sirindhorn [1]
Sirindhornia H.A.Pedersen & Suksathan Plant Sirindhorn [1]
Solaropsis chicomendesi Cuezzo & Fernández, 2001 Snail Chico Mendes [190]
Sonoma colberti Ferro, 2016 Beetle Colbert, StephenStephen Colbert [191]
Sonoma rossellinae Ferro, 2016 Beetle Rossellini, IsabellaIsabella Rossellini [191]
Sonoma stewarti Ferro, 2016 Beetle Stewart, JonJon Stewart [191]
Sonoma twaini Ferro, 2016 Beetle Twain, MarkMark Twain [191]
Spartacus Distant, 1884 True bug Spartacus [6]
Spelaeornis troglodytoides indiraji Ripley et al., 1991 Bird Gandhi, IndiraIndira Gandhi [192]
Spintharus barackobamai Agnarsson & Van Patten, 2017 Spider Obama, BarackBarack Obama [193]
Spintharus berniesandersi Agnarsson & Sargeant, 2017 Spider Sanders, BernieBernie Sanders [193]
Spintharus davidattenboroughi Agnarsson & Van Patten, 2017 Spider Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough [193]
Spintharus davidbowiei Agnarsson & Chomitz, 2017 Spider Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie [193]
Spintharus leonardodicaprioi Van Patten & Agnarsson, 2017 Spider DiCaprio, LeonardoLeonardo DiCaprio [193]
Spintharus manrayi Chomitz & Agnarsson, 2017 Spider Ray, ManMan Ray [193]
Spintharus michelleobamaae Agnarsson & Sargeant, 2017 Spider Obama, MichelleMichelle Obama [193]
Stasimopus mandelai Hendrixson & Bond, 2004 Spider Mandela, NelsonNelson Mandela [6]
Stenomorpha roosevelti Smith et al., 2011 Beetle Roosevelt, TheodoreTheodore Roosevelt [1]
Strelitzia reginae Banks Plant Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Strelitzia reginae1.jpg Dance - Queen Charlotte, bust.jpg [1]
Streptocephalus sirindhornae Sanoamuang et al., 2000 Crustacean Sirindhorn [1]
Strigiphilus garylarsoni Clayton, 1990 Louse Larson, GaryGary Larson [1]
Struszia mccartneyi Edgecombe & Chatterton, 1993 Trilobite McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney [6]
Sylvilagus palustris hefneri Lazell, 1984 Rabbit Hefner, HughHugh Hefner [6]
Synalpheus pinkfloydi Anker et al., 2017 Crustacean Pink Floyd Synalpheus pinkfloydi (full res) by Arthur Anker.jpg Pinkfloyd.png [194]
Taeniopteryx mercuryi Fochetti & Nicolai, 1996 Stonefly Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury [6]
Talabrica elotroyoae Santelli & Del Río, 2014 Bivalve El Otro Yo [195]
Tarsius sirindhornae Chaimanee et al., 2011 Tarsier Sirindhorn Prehistoric tarsier from Thailand [196]
Tassonia Girault, 1921 Wasp Tassoni, AlessandroAlessandro Tassoni [6]
Tecunumania Standl. & Steyerm. Plant Umán, TecúnTecún Umán [1]
Teleogramma obamaorum Stiassny & Alter, 2015 Fish Obama, BarackBarack Obama and Michelle Obama [197]
Tennysoniana Girault, 1920 Wasp Tennyson, Alfred, LordAlfred, Lord Tennyson [6]
Terebellides sepultura Garraffoni & Lana, 2003 Worm Sepultura "The species is named to honour Sepultura, the best Brazilian heavy metal band." [198]
Tetragramma donaldtrumpi Thompson, 2016 Sea urchin Trump, DonaldDonald Trump [199][200]
Tetramorium adamsi Hita Garcia & Fisher, 2012 Ant Adams, DouglasDouglas Adams [201]
Thalesanna Girault, 1938 Wasp Thales [6]
Thoreauella Girault, 1930 Wasp Thoreau, Henry DavidHenry David Thoreau [6]
Thoreauia Girault, 1916 Wasp Thoreau, Henry DavidHenry David Thoreau [1]
Tianchisaurus nedegoapeferima Dong, 1993 Dinosaur Neill, SamSam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Ariana Richards, and Joseph Mazzello People involved in the 1993 film Jurassic Park: Neill, Dern, Goldblum, Attenborough, Peck, Ferrero, Richards, and Mazzello.[6] The type specimen was informally referred to as "Jurassosaurus". [6]
Tianyulong confuciusi Zheng et al., 2009 Dinosaur Confucius [202]
Torvosaurus gurneyi Hendrickx & Mateus, 2014 Dinosaur Gurney, JamesJames Gurney Gurney created and illustrated the Dinotopia books. [203]
Tosanoides obama Pyle, Greene & Kosaki, 2016 Fish Obama, BarackBarack Obama [204]
Trigona sirindhornae Michener & Boongird, 2004 Bee Sirindhorn [1]
Trigonopterus attenboroughi Riedel, 2014 Beetle Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough [205]
Trypanosoma irwini McInnes et al., 2009 Protist Irwin, SteveSteve Irwin Trypanosoma irwini.jpg Steve Irwin.jpg [6]
Tupacsala Petrulevičius & Gutiérrez, 2016 Dragonfly Amaru II, TúpacTúpac Amaru II and Milagro Sala Fossil Eugeroptera from Argentina. The type species is named Tupacsala niunamenos. [29]
Unruhdinium Gottschling Protist Unruh, N. U.N. U. Unruh [37]
Vallaris zappai Wessels et al., 2001 Rodent Zappa, FrankFrank Zappa An extinct gerbil [206]
Victoria Lindl. Plant Victoria, QueenQueen Victoria Victoria amazonica edit 1.jpg Dronning victoria.jpg [6]
Washingtonia H.Wendl. Plant Washington, GeorgeGeorge Washington [1]
Websteroprion Eriksson et al., 2017 Polychaete Webster, AlexAlex Webster [207][208]
Whittieria Girault, 1938 Wasp Whittier, John GreenleafJohn Greenleaf Whittier [6]
Xanthosomnium froesei Wahl & Sime, 2002 Wasp Froese, EdgarEdgar Froese "Xanthosomnium" is a translation of Tangerine Dream, a German electronic music group founded by Froese. [6]
Zaglossus attenboroughi Flannery & Groves, 1998 Echidna Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough [36]
Zamenhofella Girault, 1941 Wasp Zamenhof, L. L.L. L. Zamenhof [6]
Zappa Murdy, 1989 Fish Zappa, FrankFrank Zappa Ed Murdy, who named the genus of mudskipper, says, "I like his music."[209] [210]

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