Species are often named for how they look, and after famous people or characters in popular culture.
Videos From the Exhibit
Videos from the "What's in a Name?" exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Click on the links below for more videos about naming species:
Slideshow Image Credits
Wonderpus Octopus,Wunderpus photogenicus.Credit: Mark Rosenstein,iNaturalist.org. CC BY-NC-SA; Mandelia mirocornata.Credit: Wilhelm, Flickr. CC BY 2.0; Spongiforma squarepantsii. Credit: Tom Bruns, Mushroom Observer. CC BY-SA 3.0; Clematis Princess Diana.Credit AC, Wikimedia. CC BY 2.0.