Name game - news story - 10 Apr 2012

Jocosus

There are fairly strict rules for the naming of new genus and species, but that doesn't stop some people having a bit of fun with it. It's common for the scientific or Latin name of a new find to be representative of its locality. Very often, people are honoured by having something named after them, usually with the species name. The genus name often reflects some aspect of form or anatomy. A duck with enormous feet might be called Macropodanas, for example. I have no idea if that's totally right, given my Latin at school was mostly concerned with Marcus and Sextus being chased round a tree by a wolf.

Anyway, to see a list of names that show how a sense of humour can rear its head in an unlikely field, click here. Well worth a look.