Organisms Named After People

A list by ReeseTee in Science • 31 items • 2 followers 5 comments

Maybe they admire your music. Maybe they're captivated by your golden hair. Perhaps they like your politics. Whatever the reason, you're now semi-immortal.

 Bagheera kiplingi

Bagheera kiplingi

Central American jumping spider named after Bagheera, a benevolent panther who guides young Mowgli in The Jungle Book, and the author Rudyard... Read more...





 Sylvilagus palustris hefneri

Sylvilagus palustris hefneri

First described and named in 1984 by James D. Lazell Jr., whose research was partly funded by a contribution from Hugh Hefner's Playboy... Read more...




 Neopalpa donaldtrumpi

Neopalpa donaldtrumpi

A miniscule moth discovered in southern California by Vazrick Nazari, a Canadian biologist and researcher. Nazari says he chose the name “to bring... Read more...




 Aphonopelma johnnycashi

Aphonopelma johnnycashi

A species of tarantula discovered in 2015 by C.A. Hamilton and colleagues. They named it after Johnny Cash because mature males of the species are... Read more...




 Aleiodes frosti

Aleiodes frosti

A parasitic wasp (47-51 in image composite), one of 24 new species of Aleiodes wasps discovered in Ecuador in 2014 by Eduardo Shimbori and Scott... Read more...




 Strigiphilus garylarsoni

Strigiphilus garylarsoni

An owl-biting louse discovered by biologist Dale H. Clayton in 1989, who named it after Gary Larson, dubbed by Natural History magazine the... Read more...




 Gaga (genus)

Gaga (genus)

A genus of 19 species of ferns in the family Pteridaceae named after Lady Gaga. Two of the 19 species are newly-described—Gaga germanotta, after... Read more...




 Preseucoela imallshookupis

Preseucoela imallshookupis

A species of gall wasp named in 2004 after both Elvis Presley and one of his hit songs, "I'm All Shook Up." The species is known to attack oak... Read more...




 Campsicnemius charliechaplini

Campsicnemius charliechaplini

A dolichopodid fly named in 1996 to honor silent movie great Charlie Chaplin, "because of the curious tendency of this fly to die with its midlegs... Read more...




 Jaggermeryx naida

Jaggermeryx naida

An extinct, deer-sized cross between a pig and a hippo, the Jagger’s water nymph lived 19 million years ago in Africa. Its discoverers at Wake... Read more...




 Coloborhynchus spielbergi

Coloborhynchus spielbergi

A pterosaur species from the Albian-age (early Cretaceous) Romualdo Member of the Santana Formation in Brazil, named c. 2006 after filmmaker Steven... Read more...




 Agathidium bushi, Agathidium cheneyi, Agathidium rumsfeldi

Agathidium bushi, Agathidium cheneyi, Agathidium rumsfeldi

Scientists Quentin Wheeler and Kelly Miller named these species of beetle after former president George W. Bush, former vice president Dick Cheney,... Read more...




 Dawkinsia (genus)

Dawkinsia (genus)

Sri Lankan scientist and lead researcher Rohan Pethiyagoda said this new genus of fish, previously classified under Puntius (consisting of small... Read more...




 Nystalus obamai

Nystalus obamai

The Striolated Puffbird had two recognized subspecies: striolatus and torridus. In 2013, as a result of a taxonomic revision, B. M. Whitney et al.... Read more...




 Mozartella beethoveni

Mozartella beethoveni

Named by A. A. Girault, 1926, a chalcid wasp native to Australia.

Girault is also remembered for his tirades against the "new working woman,"... Read more...




 Nanocthuhlu lovecrafti

Nanocthuhlu lovecrafti

This South African wasp species was named in 2012 by M.L. Buffington, after both H.P. Lovecraft and his creature Cthulhu, introduced to the world... Read more...




 Ophiohamus georgemartini

Ophiohamus georgemartini

Ophiohamus georgemartini is a brittle star of the deep South Pacific, so named by Dr. Tim O’Hara, a GOT fan, because of its likeness to the thorny... Read more...




 Orontobia secreta dalailama

Orontobia secreta dalailama

Orontobia secreta (Dalai Lama Tiger Moth) was first described by Max Wilhelm Karl Draudt in 1931. It's endemic to China and Tibet.




 Sappho sparganurus

Sappho sparganurus

The Red-Tailed Comet hummingbird is endemic to the central Andes of Bolivia and Argentina and to Chile and Peru.




 Sericomyrmex radioheadi

Sericomyrmex radioheadi

This fungus-farming ant "is named after the English rock band Radiohead as an acknowledgement of their longstanding efforts in environmental... Read more...




 Masiakasaurus knopfleri

Masiakasaurus knopfleri

A team of American palaeontologists led by Prof. Scott Sampson, Utah University, named this "vicious lizard" (masiaka is the Malagasy word for... Read more...




 Aptostichus bonoi

Aptostichus bonoi

This trapdoor spider was discovered by Dr. Jason Bond, who clearly went on a fantastic naming spree when he discovered 33 new species of trapdoor... Read more...




 Phialella zappai

Phialella zappai

This species of jellyfish in the family Phialellidae was named for Frank Zappa by Ferdinando Boero, a jellyfish expert and fan from Genova who... Read more...




 Cirolana mercuryi

Cirolana mercuryi

Dr. Niel Bruce named this East African isopod named for "arguably Zanzibar's most famous popular musician and singer," Freddy Mercury.




 Aptostichus barackobamai

Aptostichus barackobamai

The Barack Obama trapdoor spider is a species in the family Euctenizidae, first reported by Prof. Jason Bond of Auburn University in 2012 as one of... Read more...




 Aptostichus stephencolberti

Aptostichus stephencolberti

Dr. Jason E. Bond, biology professor, offered to name a spider after Stephen Colbert during an appearance on The Colbert Report in 2008 after SC... Read more...




 Avahi cleesei

Avahi cleesei

Urs Thalmann named this lemur after Cleese, star of Monty Python, mainly because of Cleese's fondness for lemurs and his efforts at protecting and... Read more...




 Gnathia marleyi

Gnathia marleyi

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Marine biologist Paul Sikkel says that naming the new parasite species after Bob Marley was done thoughtfully. He views it as “one professional... Read more...




 Acisoma attenboroughi

Acisoma attenboroughi

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According to discoverer Klaas-Douwe Dijkstra, “One of the greatest naturalists of all is not a scholar in the traditional sense, but a broadcaster.... Read more...




 Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae

Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae

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Scientist Bryan Lessard said it was "the unique dense golden hairs on the fly's abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of" Beyoncé.




Comments on this list




Oh, great lexicons in the sky, that IS the mother of all lists. *rolls around in the Wikipedia page*


By all means, please, that would be fantastic :-)

When poking around for that star list I think I may have discovered the mother of all lists.


Thanks! The Stars list idea is great! If you aren't planning on creating it, I'd be thrilled to do so. I have another similar idea up my sleeve too. ;-)


ps - I see the odd 'From:' bug on this, just added it the list 🐛


Love this! "x named after people" is a great list genre. Kind of on the opposite end of the spectrum: Stars named after people.