Photo: Lt. Worf, the Klingon Chief of Security on the USS Enterprise-D, © patrles71 via flickr.com, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Worf has not named (will not name?) any species, but he could. At least one has been named for him.
If you’ve been reading Scientist Sees Squirrel for a while, you’ll know that I’m weirdly fascinated by the etymologies of species’ Latin names. Actually, “Latin” names don’t always have Latin etymologies, and names have been derived from a surprising diversity of languages. In fact, a while back I mentioned in passing that it would be perfectly legitimate, according to the codes of zoological and botanical nomenclature, to coin a “Latin” name from a Klingon derivation. This, of course, raises an obvious question: has anyone? Continue reading