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List of organisms named after famous people

In biological nomenclature, organisms often receive scientific names that honor a person. A taxon named in honor of another entity is an eponymous taxon, and names specifically honoring a person or persons are known as patronyms

Aleiodes shakirae,named after Shakira

Shakira is also famous for her belly-dancing, the name seems particularly appropriate.and Since parasitism by this species causes the host caterpillar to bend and twist its abdomen in various ways.


Ornithoptera alexandrae name from Alexandra of Denmark

Alexandra of Denmark (Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia; 1 December 1844 – 20 November 1925) was Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Empress of India as the wife of King Edward.

Andrew Carnegie get name Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie ( November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish-American industrialist, business magnate, and philanthropist.

Aptostichus angelinajolieae GET NAME FROM Angelina Jolie

Named in recognition of Jolie's work with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees

Arsinoitherium get name

Arsinoë II was a Ptolemaic Queen and co-regent of Ancient Egypt. She was Queen of Thrace, Asia Minor and Macedonia by marriage to King Lysimachus and queen and co-ruler of Egypt with her brother-husband Ptolemy II Philadelphus.

Aptostichus barackobamai named after Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017

Franklinia alatamaha get name from Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin FRS, FRSE (January 17, 1706 ) was a renowned polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States

Eristalis gatesi name from Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist,humanitarian and co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation along with Paul Allen

Gnathia marleyi get name from Bob Marley

Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, BORN ON (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter who became an international musical and cultural icon.

Litarachna lopezae name from Jennifer Lopez

An aquatic mite from Puerto Rico

Aphonopelma johnnycashi get name Johnny Cash

mature males of this species are generally black in color. This species can be found near the area of Folsom Prison in California, and like Cash's distinctive style of dress."

Equus grevyi get name Jules Grevy

François Paul Jules Grévy (French pronunciation: (15 August 1807 – 9 September 1891) was a President of the French Third Republic and one of the leaders of the Moderate Republican faction.

Mandelia mirocornata get name Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999

Megachile chomskyi named after Noam Chomsky

Avram Noam Chomsky ( born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as "the father of modern linguistics," Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science.

Aptostichus stephencolberti get name Stephen Colbert

Stephen Tyrone Colbert born May 13, 1964 is an American comedian, television host, actor, and writer. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report from 2005 to 2014, and the CBS talk program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert beginning in September 2015

Jeffersonia Barton name from Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 [O.S. April 2, 1743] – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Blighia sapida named after William Bligh

Vice-Admiral William Bligh FRS (9 September 1754 – 7 December 1817) was an officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator.

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