Animals named after celebrities.
Fungus beetles named after Richard Nixon, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Darth Vader (in this case, not intended as a compliment).
A fly with a golden rear end named after Beyonce.
A spider named after Frank Zappa because it has a mark on its abdomen resembling his moustache.
A sponge named Spongiforma squarepantsii.
A colleague of mine named a snake eel after Zorro because it has a z-shaped mark on its cheek.
Several years ago I participated in discovering and describing a new species of bird from Gabon. We collected several of the specimens in Monts Doudou National Park. We hated our camp there because it was in the middle of a swamp and it rained every day during the three weeks we were there, so we nicknamed it “Deep Doudou.” We almost named the bird “bathydoudouensis,” meaning “living in deep Doudou,” but at the last minute decided to call it something more prosaic.