Fern, Worm and Spiders

LADY GAGA gets “immortalized” by the fact that a fern is named after her, what I find pretty nice. I’d also like to have a fern named after me. I’d be content with it. Not like Gary LARSON (Ger., Eng.) who said that he had preferred a swan to be called after him, not a biting louse living on owls, Strigiphilus garylarsoni (Eng.). But other musicians also inspired the name of organisms, for example Lemmy KILMISTER (Ger., Eng.).  Kalloprion Kilmisteri (Ger.) is „named in honor of Lemmy KILMISTER of Motörhead, for musical inspiration during the course of this study“, as the Swedish scientist ERIKSSON stated, who described the animal for the first time in 2006, its a fossil worm btw.
Mackenziurus johnnyiM. joeyiM. deedeei and M. ceejay are trilobites named after The RAMONES, both species are extinct.
The scientists dealing in spiders are especially prone to name their discoveries after rock musicians as it seems: There is Loureedia annulipes (a link), Paradonea presleyi, and Myrmekiaphila neilyoung (Ger., Eng., another link) – all spiders, thank you very much.
And of course there is Proteus mirabilis.
A specialty are the Austrian names of a Stabschrecke and a kind of mantis. Gespenstschrecken or Phasmatodea are very good at camouflage. After a seemingly difficult search an Australian variety was called by the Austrian zoologist Franz WERNER (Ger., Eng.) in 1912 Denhama aussa – when you pronounce it the Southern German way it says: “den haben wir heraussen”, “now we pulled him out”.
Mantispa aphavexelte is the name of a mantis (Ger., Eng.), as the entomologists in charge stated, named after the Greek “goddess of confusion” – what is only a distraction: If you pronounce it German (“a verwexelte” in dialect = eine verwechselte in Hochdeutsch) it becomes clear, it’s just a mistaken sort of mantispa.
Heerz lukenatcha.

Sources: Here, there, ev’rywhere.

So that’s all I found today.

New Catch

Time for a new Catch of the Week. It’s 360 Cities, a website by Jeffrey MARTIN (see press release), that brings 360° panoramic views of cities around the world. The latest is the picture of London (blog here). There are other gigapixel panorama views of cities like Dresden, Paris and Budapest (silverlight required), but MARTIN’s 360 Cities seems to become the platform for this special kind of photography. Hope you enjoy the view!


Time for a new Catch of the Week – don’t know when I put up the last one … As you may have noticed the 3rd of October has passed by: It is the official Nationalfeiertag of Germany since 1990, when the former DDR joined the German federation. The former state DDR simply stopped to exist, the citizens of the former DDR became citizens of the new unified Germany, the former Eastern Germany became part of the (later) European Union.

A lot of photographs were taken in those days. And one of them photographers was Jürgen RITTER. He has an interesting website called Grenzbilder. And shows pairs of pictures “Then” and “Now”. A lot changed. If you like just poke around a bit. Hope you enjoy it.

Catch of the Week

Time for a new catch. This time it is the blog “COOLEY!” of Story Artist at Pixar Animation Studios Josh Cooley. Mr. Cooley draw central scenes of horror and crime flics in the style of a children book. The results can be seen here. I found this via a story in the magazine of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, here you can flip through his drawings too. Hope you enjoy it.