Ask the Starfish Man!!
So, my last post inspired this question:
So have people stopped latinizing their names to name sea stars after themselves? Why? Are invert biologists suddenly modest?
Why do taxonomists not name species after themselves?
This has a pretty solid root in the perceived virtue of modesty and humility. One simply does not name a species after oneself. Its considered rather poor form, which is not to say that some zoologists haven't done it-but those scientists had established reputations as being rather influential. David Starr Jordan, the famous ichthyologist and President of Stanford University named a fish or two after himself. But who is to argue with the president of Stanford?
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