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 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.
#2 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.
#3 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.
#4 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.
#5 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.'
#6 Beyonce Fly (Scaptia Beyonceae)
#7 Sea Sparkles (Noctiluca Scintillans)
#8 Pigbutt Worm (Chaetopterus Pugaporcinus)
#9 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.
#10 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.
#11 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.
#12 Sarcastic Fringehead (Neoclinus Blanchardi)
#13 Slightly Musical Conehead (Neoconocephalus Exiliscanorus)
#14 Leonardo Di Caprio Beetle (Grouvellinus Leonardodicaprioi)
#15 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.
#16 Green Terror (Aequidens Rivulatus)
#17 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.
#18 Mint-Sauce Worm (Symsagittifera Roscoffensis)
#19 Pair Of Masked Boobies (Sula Dactylatra)
#20 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.