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It is estimated that 17, 000 to 24, 000 new species of animals are identified each year. An impressive number: usually it is a pair of mammals, hundreds of amphibians and many thousands of insects and other invertebrates.

The scientists who identify the new species also have the honor of choosing the scientific name. The choice often refers to the distinctive characteristics of the animal, or to the place where it was found. But many entomologists allow themselves to be carried away by imagination and "baptize" the new species by referring to famous people to whom they are particularly attached (or who remember the new species). The stars of the show are among the most popular, as we show you in this gallery.

The gadfly Beyoncé (Scaptia beyonceae) owes its name to the roundness of its colorful and flashy abdomen which reminded the singer to the young entomologist Bryan Lessard, of the Australian Center for scientific research (Csiro) who discovered it in 2008.

Two American scientists have baptized three cockroaches with the names George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. In 2005 Cornell University classified 65 new species and Kelly Miller and Quentin Wheeler baptized 3 cockroaches A gathidium bushi, Agathidium cheneyi and Agathidium rumsfeldi. A tribute, the two entomologists were required to specify.

The biologist Jason Bond in 2007 found in Alabama a spider a little different than usual. After finding that it was a new arachnid, he wanted to give the new species the name of Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, as a tribute to the Canadian musician who wrote the history of Rock first with Buffalo Springfield then with Crosby, Stills and Nash and then as soloist.

And so the name of Young will remain forever in the history of Rock and that of biology.

A small parasite crustacean that feeds on fish in the Caribbean has been called Gnathia marleyi in honor of reggae legend Bob Marley. "I called this species, which is truly a wonder of nature, like Bob Marley because of my respect and admiration for his Marley music, " said Paul Sikkel, the marine biologist who discovered it.

Cirolana mercuryi, in honor of Freddie Mercury, is a crustacean that was found in the coral reef of Zanzibar (Tanzania) where Farrokh Bulsara was born, better known as Freddy Mercury and as Queen singer.

The front man of the Rolling Stones does not seem to stop with age (he is almost 70 years old, having been born in 1943). And the name given to the fossilized (and now extinct) mollusc Anomphalus jaggerius does not seem quite correct.

Music stars are the most popular, but there are also animals that are named after actors and directors. This is the case of Agra katewinsletae, the colored beetle named Kate Winslet.

Scientists have taken the name of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to baptize a new species of rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, found in the southern United States. A fairly obvious name, because the symbol of the newspaper is just a rabbit and the models that appear in the newspaper are called bunnies.

Millions of years ago the trilobites lived. Some of them, to be precise 4, were the trilo-Beatles: Avalanchurus lennoni (John Lennon), Avalanchurus starri (Ringo Starr), Struszia harrisoni (George Harrison) and Struszia mccartneyi (Paul McCartney). These are 4 species of which we only found fossils that were named after the 4 Beatles.

Anophthalmus hitleri is a species of blind beetle found only in five wet caves in Slovenia. It was named so, not surprisingly, by a German collector in 1933.

At the beginning of the 1990s the butterfly Parnassius mnemosyne guccinii was discovered and named by an entomologist with a passion for the Modenese songwriter.

A few years later Guccini paid off by naming an album on the moth.

The abdomen of the spider Pachygnatha zappa has a sign very similar to the mustache of Frank Zappa. And that's why it took its name.

Zappa is much loved by biologists. In addition to the spider there is also a jellyfish with its name: Phialella zappai, discovered by the Italian Ferdinando Boero.

Comedian John Cleese has a passion for lemurs and has had the honor of seeing one with his name, Avahi cleesei.

If you like these curious mammals, look at this photo gallery.

In the title we allowed ourselves a poetic license, but we correct ourselves immediately: it is a frog (Hyloscirtus princecharlesi) and not a toad to have taken the name of Prince Charles of England.

Almost all the stars "gave" the name to a single species, but the superstar of scientific names is the scientist and science writer Richard Dawkins who has the honor of even giving the name to a genus of fish, called Dawkinsia.

The last to arrive is the Obama fish. In the photo the president with shoulders with Bruce Springsteen and Robert De Niro who, at the moment, did not name any animals.

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The scientists who identify the new species also have the honor of choosing the scientific name. The choice often refers to the distinctive characteristics of the animal, or to the place where it was found. But many entomologists allow themselves to be carried away by imagination and "baptize" the new species by referring to famous people to whom they are particularly attached (or who remember the new species). The stars of the show are among the most popular, as we show you in this gallery.
The gadfly Beyoncé (Scaptia beyonceae) owes its name to the roundness of its colorful and flashy abdomen which reminded the singer to the young entomologist Bryan Lessard, of the Australian Center for scientific research (Csiro) who discovered it in 2008.