Slippery dick (Halichoeres bivittatus) is a species of ocean-dwelling fish in the family Labridae.This species originates mostly from the Western Atlantic: North Carolina and Bermuda to Brazil.It swims as if it’s dragging its tail. Adults may grow to a length of 8 inches.
A leiodid beetle (from the Colon genus), named by Melville Harrison Hatch in 1933.
The Agra Vation, it’s actually a very non-aggravating beetle, just one of over 40,000 species found in the family Carabidae. With a bright metallic green back and rufous-coloured head it cuts a very fine figure. The carabid family also includes the bombadier beetle, famous for being able to shoot hot, poisonous chemicals from its backside when annoyed. It is found in the Peruvian Amazon, not far from the borders with Brazil and Colombia.
Aha ha (from the Aha genus) is a species of Australian wasp. It was named by the entomologist Arnold Menke in 1977: when he received the package from a colleague containing the insect specimens, he exclaimed “Aha!”.
Several spiders bear the names of entertainers such as the Calponia harrisonfordi, and the Pachygnatha zappa who clearly have taxonomists as fans.Sting, the musician, has his own tree frog as well: Hyla stingi.America’s president, vice president and defence secretary each got a beetle (Agathidium bushi, A. cheneyi, A. rumsfeldi) courtesy of two Republican coleopterists. Admittedly, the beetles in question eat slime mould, which caused a few titters among taxonomists of a Democrat persuasion, but it is clearly an act of gross speciesism to criticise the dining habits of other organisms, so the titters were sotto voce.
Pronounced “Carmen Electra She Kiss Me”, is actually a name for a fossil mythicmyiid (that’s another word for moth) from Dominican amber.
At 42 characters, it’s the longest accepted scientific name. It is a fly, and is only found in India.Whilst this beast has the longest accepted name, B. Dybowski, in 1927, proposed the following 50-letter name for a Lake Baikal amphipod: Gammaracanthuskytodermogammarus loricatobaicalensis, which was not accepted.