What are the very punniest scientific names?S

You've gotta give it up for creative taxonomists — the scientists responsible for naming, and thereby classifying, newly discovered species. Without them, we'd never have species with names like the ant pictured above, who is named after a science fiction institution. (See if you can guess who it is — it's very subtle.)

Over at Deep Sea News, Miriam Goldstein is asking for people to list some of their other favorite scientific names:

Sure, the purpose of scientific names is to provide taxonomic clarity, but some of them just sound awesome. This post was inspired by the Australian crayfish, Cherax destructor, which sounds like a comic supervillian...Crepidula fornicata is simply descriptive at what those slipper shells of loose moral fiber spend their WHOLE LIVES doing, while Thetys vagina was clearly named by someone who'd spent a looooong time at sea. And I have a weakness for terrible puns – it was a sad day when the clam Abra cadabra was put into the genus Theora.

Tracking down punny scientific names is something of a time-honored tradition among the ranks of science geeks, so show us what you've got! Goldstein provides links to a few resources to get you started, so be sure to show her some love — in the meantime, here are a few of our favorites:

What are the very punniest scientific names?S

Ytu brutus (a beetle)
Ba humbugi (a snail)
Lalapa lusa (a wasp)
Vampiroteuthis infernalis (the vampire squid)
Leonardo davinci (a moth)
Orizabus subaziro (palindromic name for a spp of scarab beetle)
Abra cadabra (a clam)
Gelae baen, Gelae belae, Gelae donut, Gelae fish, and Gelae rol (all types of fungus beetle)

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