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9 animal species named after famous people [Updated]
Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert, and President Obama are just a few of the names lucky enough to receive the biology world's highest compliment
9 animal species named after famous people Win McNamee/Getty Images, Carl Buell
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hat do Dick Cheney, Lady Gaga, President Obama, and Hugh Hefner all have in common? They've all been lucky enough to have a newly discovered species named after them. From colorful fish to rabbits to innocuous wasps, here's a small sample of the animal kingdom's celebrity-dubbed denizens.

This article — originally published on Jul. 12, 2012 — was last updated on Dec. 11, 2012.

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