[Taxacom] latin names with funny stories

Mike Sadka M.Sadka at nhm.ac.uk
Tue Oct 22 11:02:26 CDT 2013

Coincidentally, a colleague told me an example just the other lunchtime - but I can't remember the entire name.

I believe the epithet is "calico-something".  Allegedly it means "beautiful anus" and was named in honour of the describer's gay lover.

Cheerio, mike

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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Luis POPA
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Subject: [Taxacom] latin names with funny stories

Dear friends,
I'm interested in finding scientific names (in zoology) with funny stories behind them. Can you point me to such cases?
Thank you very much.

Luis Popa, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Head of Molecular Biology Department
"Grigore Antipa" National Museum of Natural History Sos. Kiseleff No. 1 Bucharest  011341 ROMANIA
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