Back in the 'good old days' of the predecessor of this list on snail mail, I
posted a letter to members pointing out that unlike SOME of the scientists
who name plants in this group of organisms, there were others who did so,
seemingly with a sense of humor, in other groups. Examples given then were
the Trinidadian cave-living lizard Proctoporus shreevii (Shreeves 'anus'),
and a genus of cave-living millipedes, given the name
'Caramba' (Spanish for 'upon my word, or better yet, DAMN!--I am NOT making
this up!!) by the researcher Shear.
The first species he names-- Caramba delburro ('the donkeys damn'), then
came Caramba delnegro (easy on this one!) , then Caramba grandeza (the HUGE
damn!) and finally Caramba enbecausius (because I say DAMN!)
Take heart Pete, with a LITTLE imagination (I can assist with this aspect!)
and some thought to the phallic 'background' to OUR group of plants, the
list of available species epithets is truly mind boggling!
Yes, it is, although are so many new Rhaphs in New Guinea that
I'm running out of specific epithets!
Guess it's time to start getting creative. (In college, I saw a reference
in one of my textbooks to an insect whose scientific name was Lalapa lusa.)