The following is from an exhibit at Honolulu’s Bishop Museum of humorous attempts at classifying plants and animals. The surnames of the scientists involved appear in parentheses.
Abra cadabra (Eames & Wilkins) 1957 – A variety of clam
Hebejeebie (Heads) 2003 – A genus of flowering plant that must give people the creeps
La cucaracha (Blesynski) 1966 – A moth that reminds one of a cockroach
Ba humbugi (Solem) 1983 – A snail much beloved of Ebeneezer Scrooge
Ittibittium (Houbrick) 1993 – A mollusc genus even smaller than genus Bittium
Heerz lukenatcha and Heerz tooya (Marsh) 1993 – Two wasps you would rather notencounter
Riga toni (Evenhuis) 2013 – A fly for pasta lovers
Ytu brutus (Spangler) 1980 – Beware the Ides of March!
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