Weird Animal Species You've Never Heard of

Ever heard of the Aptostichus angelinajolieae? What about the Funkotriplogynium iagobadius? Don't worry—it's likely most people have yet to become familiar with the unique species named after Angelina Jolie and James Brown. Motivations for the unusual nomenclature range from paying homage, to making fun, to a desire to meet said celebrity. Imagine starring in a multi-million dollar movie, and then having a cockroach named after you.

Yet celebrity-inspired species are just one of the many different types of rare and freshly discovered organisms that exist today. Although these creatures may not be recognized by paparazzi, their discovery and study bear significant weight in the scientific community. Explore this playlist to learn more about the bizarre species you've likely never heard of.

Written by Curiosity Staff January 17, 2014

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