If you ever thought that scientists are boring and have close to zero sense of humor, these funny animal names will prove you wrong. 

Whenever a new species is discovered, the honor of naming it goes to the person who has found it. If a scientist has quite a limited imagination, the species might be given a descriptive name, such as Little Hairy Armadillo for an armadillo, who's little and hairy. But if the said scientist is brimming with ideas, he might name the animal something like Scaptia Beyonceae, translated to human language as Beyonce Fly. Seriously. Beyonce has a species of a fly named after her. Or maybe a fish Bassozetus Robustus with a familiar name of Robust Assfish. Or how about a Mint-Sauce Worm? Well, sure, these are some pretty funny animals, but who has ever deserved to be named a Slippery Dick? 

Still not convinced? Check our compilation of the funny animal names below - I bet even J.K.Rowling would bite her nails after seeing some of these weird animal names. 

More of the weirdest animals here: Encyclopedia of Life

#1 Slippery Dick (Halichoeres Bivittatus)

Slippery Dick (Halichoeres Bivittatus)

Slippery dick fish is a species of wrasses - colorful little fishes, that are native to tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. Slippery dicks are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning they are all initially female, changing into males later in life. The gender changing process is marked with unique body colors for each stage.

Dean Kimberly Report

#2 Impressed Tortoise (Manouria Impressa)

Impressed Tortoise (Manouria Impressa)

There aren't many facts known about this Impressed Tortoise, partly because of their preference for living in high altitudes up to 6,600ft in Thailand's mountains. The elusive tortoise mostly eats mushrooms and is not adaptable of living in captivity.

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Mother Mary Helen 2 months ago

Impressed tortoise is impressed. Impressive.

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#3 Bushy-Tailed Hairy-Footed Gerbil (Gerbillurus Vallinus)

Bushy-Tailed Hairy-Footed Gerbil (Gerbillurus Vallinus)

This Namibian Savannah inhabitant weighs around 40 grams and can grow up to 5cm in length. These little gerbils are highly sociable creatures and are known to communicate with each other by drumming on the ground with their tiny hairy feet. Though they are herbivores, the gerbil's favorite delicatessen is the exoskeletons of bugs.

Joubert Heymans Report

Dolicious 2 months ago

That name fits great. Maybe a litte long :)

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#4 Bone-Eating Snot-Flower Worm (Osedax Mucofloris)

Bone-Eating Snot-Flower Worm (Osedax Mucofloris)

The glamorously named worms have so many amazing facts about them that it is really quite hard to put it all in a couple of sentences. In short, though, they eat oils in dead whale's bones, while secreting acid, capable of melting bone. The female worms have their dwarf male partners living inside of them. Hundreds of them. Once a dead whale's carcass is discovered, thousands of worms gather to... Read More

The glamorously named worms have so many amazing facts about them that it is really quite hard to put it all in a couple of sentences. In short, though, they eat oils in dead whale's bones, while secreting acid, capable of melting bone. The female worms have their dwarf male partners living inside of them. Hundreds of them. Once a dead whale's carcass is discovered, thousands of worms gather to devour it, so it looks like the bones are covered with a fluffy red rug. If given a chance, the Snot-Flowers eats human bones with gusto. More on these glorious worms here.

Chris Allen Report

Mother Mary Helen 2 months ago

glamorous indeed

#5 Chocolate Chip Sea Star ( Nidorellia Armata)

Chocolate Chip Sea Star ( Nidorellia Armata)

This creature's chocolate chip markings are really 'horns' that are used for protection since it is a diet staple for several species of fish and also some cannibalistic starfish types. Though these starfishes are blind and its organism has no blood but rather water, it can regrow any of its lost 'arms.'

Carmelo López Abad Report

Dolicious 2 months ago

Sounds.... well delicious ^^

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#6 Beyonce Fly (Scaptia Beyonceae)

Beyonce Fly (Scaptia Beyonceae)

Bryan Lessard, CSIRO Report

Andres Tejeda 2 months ago

Only slightly less annoying than the real Beyoncé.

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#7 Sea Sparkles (Noctiluca Scintillans)

Sea Sparkles (Noctiluca Scintillans)

Todd Sechel Report

Dolicious 2 months ago

Amazing! Just watched a video and still can hardly believe my eyes.

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#8 Pigbutt Worm (Chaetopterus Pugaporcinus)

Pigbutt Worm (Chaetopterus Pugaporcinus)

Pinterest Report

Andres Tejeda 2 months ago

They should call it the Kardashian worm.

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#9 Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird (Corythaixoides Personatus)

Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird (Corythaixoides Personatus)

The Go-Away-Bird, a descendant of Afrotropics, got his name, not because of his hostile temper, but rather of its distinctive g'way call. This specific call is more clear when produced by its cousin the Grey-Face Go-Away-Bird. You can listen to it here.

Lars Peterson Report

Kathy Baylis 2 months ago

My spirit animal!

#10 Whitemargin Unicornfish (Naso Annulatus)

Whitemargin Unicornfish (Naso Annulatus)

The Unicornfish is a coral reef dweller and mostly feeds on algae. Since it is not of a predatory nature, there's no real explanation of why it has a horn, that can sometimes grow up to 13cm in length. Though unusual in appearance, the fish is said to be delicious when grilled.

Jens Petersen Report

Mother Mary Helen 2 months ago

dat nose

#11 Andean Cock Of The Rock (Rupicola Peruvianus)

Andean Cock Of The Rock (Rupicola Peruvianus)

The national bird of Peru, Cock of the Rocks is known for its bright orange plumage and fan-shaped crest. These animals usually nest on the Andean mountain rocks, hence the name. Not only are they bright and colorful, but they have a pretty spectacular song too. You can hear their rooster-on-steroids call here.

Ricardo Sánchez Report

Andres Tejeda 2 months ago

Peru, where the rocks, rock out with their cocks out.

#12 Sarcastic Fringehead (Neoclinus Blanchardi)

Sarcastic Fringehead (Neoclinus Blanchardi)

BBC One Report

Kathy Baylis 2 months ago

I think someone called me this once....

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#13 Slightly Musical Conehead (Neoconocephalus Exiliscanorus)

Slightly Musical Conehead (Neoconocephalus Exiliscanorus)

scan-bugs.org Report

Lyop 2 months ago

Why slightly musical? He didn't make the cut?

#14 Leonardo Di Caprio Beetle (Grouvellinus Leonardodicaprioi)

Leonardo Di Caprio Beetle (Grouvellinus Leonardodicaprioi)

Hendrik Freitag Report

#15 Devil's Coach-Horse (Ocypus Olens)

Devil's Coach-Horse (Ocypus Olens)

This big black beetle has been known by this name since the Middle Ages, and there are good reasons for that. Its Latin name Olens, meaning smelling, indicates, that it has glands, capable of producing and releasing a stinky odor. The other reasons are also not so pleasant. It has big jaws capable of eating worms, it can raise its abdomen much like a scorpion when threatened and can also... Read More

This big black beetle has been known by this name since the Middle Ages, and there are good reasons for that. Its Latin name Olens, meaning smelling, indicates, that it has glands, capable of producing and releasing a stinky odor. The other reasons are also not so pleasant. It has big jaws capable of eating worms, it can raise its abdomen much like a scorpion when threatened and can also fly.

Valter Jacinto Report

#16 Green Terror (Aequidens Rivulatus)

Green Terror (Aequidens Rivulatus)

meethepet Report

Danish Dynomummy 2 months ago

But he looks so cute with his Lil afro

#17 Rainbow Happy (Sargochromis Carlottae)

Rainbow Happy (Sargochromis Carlottae)

The Rainbow Happy is a genus of cichlids, common in African rivers and lakes. They are usually referred to as 'happies,' and most of them show unique adaptative behaviors. Rainbow Happy is a mouthbrooder - meaning it incubates its young in the mouth until they are big enough to fend for themselves.

Into the Okavango Report

#18 Mint-Sauce Worm (Symsagittifera Roscoffensis)

Mint-Sauce Worm (Symsagittifera Roscoffensis)

Nigel Franks Report

Slune 2 months ago

Looks like a healthy salad

#19 Pair Of Masked Boobies (Sula Dactylatra)

Pair Of Masked Boobies (Sula Dactylatra)

USFWS - Pacific Region Report

Kathy Baylis 2 months ago

I know these people.

#20 Fluffy-Backed Tit-Babbler (Macronous Ptilosus)

Fluffy-Backed Tit-Babbler (Macronous Ptilosus)

The Fluffy-Backed Tit-Babblers belong to a bird family called Timaliidae or The Old World Babblers common throughout Eurasia. The babblers probably got their name because they tend to be quite vocal and though there is no real explanation about where this one got its particular name, it does sound like a Shakespearean-esque insult.

Paul Wu Report

#21 Ice Cream Cone Worm (Pectinaria Gouldii)

Ice Cream Cone Worm (Pectinaria Gouldii)

A.S.Y. Mackie Report

#22 Sparklemuffin Spider (Maratus Jactatus)

Sparklemuffin Spider (Maratus Jactatus)

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Slune 2 months ago

This is a spider I could like

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#23 Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus Truncatus)

Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus Truncatus)

earth.com Report

Danish Dynomummy 2 months ago

Aww, so beautiful!

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#24 Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura Leucophrys)

Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura Leucophrys)

Nick Talbot Report

Shantelle Stratford 2 months ago

We have these in Australia they are my favourite birds. They wag their tails like happy puppies lol

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#25 Satanic Leaf-Taled Gecko (Uroplatus Phantasticus)

Satanic Leaf-Taled Gecko (Uroplatus Phantasticus)

Pagale Bacha Report

Liv Heid 2 months ago

really does look like the devil

#26 Pink Meanie (Drymonema Larsoni)

Pink Meanie (Drymonema Larsoni)

Poisson Flote Report

Unicornlover 2 months ago

Why are they talking about me??

#27 Blind Furry Lobster (Palinurellus Gundlachi)

Blind Furry Lobster (Palinurellus Gundlachi)

NURC/UNCW and NOAA/FGBNMS Report

Danish Dynomummy 2 months ago

Straight outta Spongebob Squarepants

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#28 Forgotten Frigid Owlet (Nycteola Metaspilella)

Forgotten Frigid Owlet (Nycteola Metaspilella)

Chuck Sexton Report

Danish Dynomummy 2 months ago

It kinda looks like chewbacca in a coat with at hat on

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#29 Chuck Will's Widow (Caprimulgus Carolinensis)

Chuck Will's Widow (Caprimulgus Carolinensis)

Dick Daniels Report

PurpleUnicorn 2 months ago

Looks like a nightjar

#30 Snaggletooth (Astronesthes Richardsoni)

Snaggletooth (Astronesthes Richardsoni)

President and Fellows of Harvard College Report

Slune 2 months ago

Everybody is ugly sometimes

#31 Impatient Sea Cucumber (Holothuria Impatiens)

Impatient Sea Cucumber (Holothuria Impatiens)

Francois Michonneau Report

#32 Pleasant Fungus Beetle (Erotylidae)

Pleasant Fungus Beetle (Erotylidae)

Art Report

Unicornlover 2 months ago

Looks like a male version of a ladybug

#33 Robust Assfish (Bassozetus Robustus)

Robust Assfish (Bassozetus Robustus)

NORFANZ Report

Kathy Baylis 2 months ago

Think I dated him once...

#34 Atlantic Spiny Lumpsucker (Eumicrotremus Spinosus)

Atlantic Spiny Lumpsucker (Eumicrotremus Spinosus)

David Csepp Report

Slune 2 months ago

Would be a nice lamp on the bedside

#35 Prickly Dreamer (Spiniphryne Gladisfenae)

Prickly Dreamer (Spiniphryne Gladisfenae)

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Report

Slune 2 months ago

Prickly albtraum

#36 Wonderpus Octopus (Wunderpus Photogenicus)

Wonderpus Octopus (Wunderpus Photogenicus)

Lakshmi Sawitri Report

Slune 2 months ago

A colorful pus.....

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#37 Disco Clam (Ctenoides Ales)

Disco Clam (Ctenoides Ales)

Encyclopedia of Life Report

Kathy Baylis 2 months ago

Macho macho clam. I wanna be a macho clam...

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#38 Hopbeard Plunderfish (Pogonophryne Neyelovi)

Hopbeard Plunderfish (Pogonophryne Neyelovi)

Gennadiy A. Shandikov, Richard R. Eakin Report

diane a 2 months ago

isnt nature amazing

#39 Cynical Quaker (Orthodes Cynica)

Cynical Quaker (Orthodes Cynica)

Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin Report

#40 Bobolink (Dolichonyx Oryzivorus)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx Oryzivorus)

S. Maslowski Report

#41 Baw Baw Frog (Philoria Frosti)

Baw Baw Frog (Philoria Frosti)

Canley Report

#42 Bananaquit (Coereba Flaveola)

Bananaquit (Coereba Flaveola)

Leon Bojarczuk Report