Organisms Named After Fictional Characters

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Gosh, those scientists sure do have fun.

Albunione yoda

Albunione yoda

A marine isopod assigned to the family Bopyridae, which is known to occur near Taiwan. It is an ectoparasite that resides in the gills of its host, the mole crab Albunea groeningi. A. yoda was named after Star Wars Jedi master Yoda because the slightly curved long lateral extensions of the head of the female reminded scientists of the head of Yoda with his drooping ears.




 Agathidium vaderi

Agathidium vaderi

Agathidium is a genus of slime-mold beetles. When entomologists Quentin Wheeler and Kelly Miller named three species of Agathidium for George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld in 2005, it made headlines; but the researchers actually described 62 other species of slime-mold beetles in the same paper. Those included insects named after the entomologists’ wives, historical figures, and fictional characters. Agathidium vaderi was named after Darth Vader because it has “a broad, shiny,... Read more...




 Darthvaderum greensladeae

Darthvaderum greensladeae

An Australian mite named in 1996 by G. S. Hunt. The only member of the genus, D. greensladeae is also sometimes called Novazelandiella greensladeae.




 Xenokeryx amidalae

Xenokeryx amidalae

An extinct ruminant discovered in Spain in 2015 that sported three distinctive horns. It belongs to the palaeomerycidae family, thought to include... Read more...




 Tetragnatha quasimodo

Tetragnatha quasimodo

The common name of this Hawaiian spider species is "Humpback Spiny," because of its prominent mid-dorsal abdominal peak, said discoverer Rosemary... Read more...




 Otocinclus batmani

Otocinclus batmani

The dark marking on the flared tail of this armored South American catfish reminded ichthyologist Pablo Lehmann of Gotham City’s masked vigilante:... Read more...




 Polemistus chewbacca, P. vaderi, P. yoda

Polemistus chewbacca, P. vaderi, P. yoda

The earliest references to Star Wars in real taxonomy are from 1983, the year that Episode VI arrived in theaters. Entomologists Arnold Menke and... Read more...




 Tetramorium jedi

Tetramorium jedi

A ground-active ant that occurs on Madagascar. The T. jedi species also includes T. avaratra and T. pleganon. According to the authors Paco Hita... Read more...




 Peckoltia greedoi

Peckoltia greedoi

A species of armored catfish found in the Gurupí River of Brazil. It was discovered in 1998, and is characterized by dark, bulging eyes and a... Read more...




 Sauroniops pachytholus

Sauroniops pachytholus

Sauroniops pachytholus was a carcharodontosaur, a type of huge theropod, from the Late Cretaceous period. It was identified from a single fossil of... Read more...




 Gollum suluensis

Gollum suluensis

A deepwater shark discovered in the Philippines and named in 1973 by Leonard Compagno after The Lord of the Rings character: "named for the... Read more...




 Gojirasaurus quayi

Gojirasaurus quayi

“Gojira” is the original Japanese for “Godzilla," named in reference to its great size compared to other Triassic theropods. The species epithet,... Read more...




 Hensonbatrachus kermiti

Hensonbatrachus kermiti

A Late Cretaceous species of frog, one of two discovered from skull, ilia, and humerus bones in Alberta, Canada, in 2015. Named in honor of... Read more...




 Geragnostus waldorfstatleri

Geragnostus waldorfstatleri

A species of trilobite discovered in 2005 by paleontologist Samuel Turvey. Turvey named the species after the Muppets' cantankerous old-man duo... Read more...




 Yoda purpurata

Yoda purpurata

Discovered a new type of acorn worm, scientists have. Named it after Yoda, they did.

One of three new species in the family Torquaratoridae, Y.... Read more...




 Han solo

Han solo

The genus name Han was originally assigned in honor of the Han nationality, China’s largest ethnic group, where the trilobite was discovered. When... Read more...




 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...




 Iago genus

Iago genus

Iago garricki (Longnose houndshark) and Iago omanensis (Bigeye houndshark) were named in part after the villain of Shakespeare’s Othello.




 Oedipina complex

Oedipina complex

A species of Costa Rican salamander named for Sophocles’ Oedipus rex and Sigmund Freud’s infamous psychoanalytic theory based thereon.




 Spongiforma squarepantsii

Spongiforma squarepantsii

A species of fungus in the Boletaceae family, genus Spongiforma. Found in Malaysia, it was described as new to science in 2011. It produces... Read more...




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