I call the post a mistake because it’s subsequently only given some people the opportunity to point out how I’m an idiot for omitting their favorite same-name scientific creatures. Among those I skipped were Gulo gulo — the common wolverine, which I’ve just found out is called “skunk bear” in some circles — and the sea snail Volva volva volva, which, yes, is named for exactly the reason that you’d guess. But just before the end of 2014, another double-namer was brought to my attention that seemed worthy enough for its own post.
This is that post. (And unlike some, this person pointed it out nicely.)
Yep, Boops boops, a big-eyed little fish otherwise known as the bogue. Technically, that name is pronounced “BOH-ops BOH-ops” — literally “cow eye, cow eye” — but why not better the world and just refer to this guy as “BOOPS BOOPS”? The Wikipedia page for the species even has a perfectly reasonable, scientifically accurate caption that nonetheless sounds like it the chorus of some old-timey children’s rhyme.
All hail Boops boops, your new favorite intersex Atlantic demersal and semi-pelagic feeding fish!
And if I still haven’t mentioned your favorite double-named species, please notify me without calling me an idiot.
[Touches own nose. “Boops boops!” Touches own nose. “Boops boops!”]
Amminall fun, previously:
- Kangaroo genitals
- The demon duck of doom
- Dog as hat
- Dragons vs. elephants
- Hidden cats of the L.A. Natural History Museum