Test Your Knowledge: Scientific Name or Gibberish?
Most of us think of scientific names as the nonsense we scan right over when reading textbooks. But you're missing out on a world of fun if you're ignoring italics. Take this quiz to discover some truly entertaining scientific names.
What's the foul-sounding scientific name of this Tibetan fowl?
What criminally underrated guitarist has a freaking dinosaur named after him?
What real scientific name could Bart Simpson use when calling Moe's Tavern?
What cheekily-named red algae fossil is a nod to its distinction as the oldest fossil form of multicelleular life -- and thus reproduction?
What beautiful, dark orchid takes its name from a fictional villain?
What dinosaur's scientific name references Harry Potter's universe?
What animal has the scientific genus name of <i>sirenia</i>, based on an early belief that they were the sirens of myth -- despite their rotund body and not-so-pretty face?
sea cows and manatees
What spider's scientific name sounds like some sort of magic fairyland?
What does the jellyfish <i>Csiromedusa medeopolis</i> species name actually mean?
place of Medusa's head
ancient land of moistness
city of gonads
What musician does NOT have any plants or animals named in their honor?