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A few years ago I stumbled across Curious Taxonomy, a compendium of many of the ways biologists are silly. Mostly it's humorous scientific species names; I particularly love the puns page:

Bombylius aureocookae Evenhuis, 1984 (bee fly)
Gelae baen, Gelae belae, Gelae donut, Gelae fish, and Gelae rol Miller and Wheeler, 2004 (fungus beetles)

Also this sequence:

Ochisme Kirkaldy, 1904 (hemiptera)
Dolichisme Kirkaldy, 1904 (hemiptera)
Florichisme Kirkaldy, 1904 (hemiptera)
Marichisme Kirkaldy, 1904 (hemiptera)
Nanichisme Kirkaldy, 1904 (hemiptera)
Peggichisme Kirkaldy, 1904 (hemiptera)
Polychisme Kirkaldy, 1904 (hemiptera) Kirkaldy was criticized for frivolity by the London Zoological Society in 1912.

The note at the end made me giggle out loud.

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