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102 Celebrities Who Have Entire Species Named After Them

Updated June 18, 2020 63.0k views102 items

A list of organisms, including animals as well as plants, bacteria, etc., named for celebrities and other famous people (but excluding biologists, botanists and other scientists.)

Frequently when devising names for new species, scientists will fall back on famous people or historical figures who have inspired them over the years, or whose work in some way reflects an interest or relationship to that organism. (For example, one researcher named flies for Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, because of their contributions to Dipterology, the study of flies.)

This list is organized by the name of the celebrity and includes the full name of species commemorating or dedicated to them.

  • Angelina Jolie

    Angelina Jolie

    Film Producer, Model
    Aptostichus angelinajolieae (trapdoor spider)
  • Johnny Depp

    Johnny Depp

    Musician, Film Producer
    Kooteninchele deppi 
  • Marilyn Monroe

    Marilyn Monroe

    Film Producer, Model
    Norasaphus monroeae (trilobite)
  • Carmen Electra

    Carmen Electra

    Fitness professional, Model
    Carmenelectra shechisme
  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    Politician, Author
    Caloplaca obamae (lichen)
  • Kate Winslet

    Kate Winslet

    Actor, Voice acting
    Agra katewinsletae (carabid beetle)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Bodybuilder, Television director
    Agra schwarzeneggeri (carabid beetle)
  • Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg

    Television director, Businessperson
    Anhanguera spielbergi (Pterosaur)
  • Liv Tyler

    Liv Tyler

    Model, Actor
    Agra liv (carabid beetle)
  • Bill Gates

    Bill Gates

    Programmer, Software Architect
    Eristalis gatesi (flower fly)
  • George W. Bush

    George W. Bush

    Pilot, Businessperson
    Agathidium bushi (beetle)
  • Harrison Ford

    Harrison Ford

    Pilot, Film Producer
    Calponia harrisonfordi (spider) and Pheidole harrisonfordi (ant)
  • Dick Cheney

    Dick Cheney

    Businessperson, Politician
    Agathidium cheneyi (beetle)
  • Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley

    Soldier, Musician
    Preseucoila imallshookupis (gall wasp)
  • John Lennon

    John Lennon

    Activist, Film Score Composer
    Avalanchurus lennoni
  • Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler

    Politician, Soldier
    Anophthalmus hitleri (blind cave beetle)
  • Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney

    Film Score Composer, Poet
    Struszia mccartneyi (trilobite)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Pianist, Musician
    Bishopina mozarti
  • Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert

    Television Show Host, Comedian
    Agaporomorphus colberti (trapdoor spider) and Aptostichus stephencolberti (trapdoor spider)
  • Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela

    Statesman, Politician
    Stasimopus mandelai (trapdoor spider)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Songwriter, Pianist
    Beethovena, Gnathia beethoveni
  • Keith Richards

    Keith Richards

    Record producer, Guitarist
    Perirehaedulus richardsi (prehistoric trilobite)
  • Charlie Chaplin

    Charlie Chaplin

    Film Score Composer, Comedian
    Campsicnemius charliechaplini
  • William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare

    Poet, Lyricist
    Legionella shakespearei and Shakespearia
  • Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Editor, Publisher
    Sylvilagus palustris hefneri (Marsh Rabbit)