The coolest species names

by Piter Kehoma Boll

This is a list of species names that I find particularly beautiful, funny or interesting in any other way.

1. Tyrannus melancholicus, the melancholic tyrant. A severe ruler with a gloomy look.

Tyrannus melancholicus, the melancholic tyrant. Photo by Francesco Veronesi.*

Photo by Francesco Veronesi.*

 

2. Gloriosa superba, the superb glorious one. Beautiful and proud of it.

Gloriosa superba, the superb glorious one. Photo by Guérin Nicolas.***

Photo by Guérin Nicolas.**

 

3. Narcissus poeticus, the poetic narcissus. Writing sweet words about its own reflection.

Narcissus poeticus, the poetic narcissus. Photo by Uoaei1, Wikimedia user.****

Photo by Uoaei1, Wikimedia user.***

 

4. Arca noae, Noah’s Ark. Now try to put all those animals in it.

Arca noae, Noah's Ark. Photo by M. Violante.***

Photo by M. Violante.**

 

5. Phallus impudicus, the shameless phallus. Sort of pornographic.

Phallus impudicus, the shameless phallus.

Photo by Jean-Pol Grandmont.**

 

6. Draco volans, the flying dragon. Not quite the Daenerys type.

Photo by Charles J. Sharp.****

Photo by Charles J. Sharp.***

 

7. Claudea elegans, the elegant Claudia. An elegant lady indeed.

Photo by Robert Ricker.

Photo by Robert Ricker.

 

Do you have any species name that you particularly like? Tell us in the comments!

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