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11 Plants and Animals Scientifically Named After Fictional Characters

11 Plants and Animals Scientifically Named After Fictional Characters

Here are 11 of the most unusual Latin names derived from fictional characters in classic novels, plays, and comic books. Iago garricki // Longnose HoundsharkA fish with a genus named after the notorious villain of Shakespeare’s Othello. Spongiforma squarepantsii // FungusYou’d think that an animal named for Spongebob Squarepants would be a sponge. But Spongiforma squarepantsii is actually a type of mushroom described in 2010. Tetragnatha quasimodo // SpiderThis Hawaiian spider species is named for the title character of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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