D, you actually need "denisae" as you're a woman. I'm still looking out for "aaroni" and "heatherae" as well...
Warning: Actually Aaron has a lovely protozoan trypanosome, T. evansi, if he uses his fake last name, and a shearwater, Puffinus boydi, if he uses his real one. He will be pleased no doubt that I have found this out while I'm supposed to be editing the discussion of one of his manuscripts. Heather, no luck so far I'm afraid!
humm (been thinking that a lot lately), that is a bit scary since I do not recall knowing (granted, my name knowledge would not fill an index card) a single animal with the ae ending. Perhaps the female namesakes have dropped the latin gender tradition (Hippocampus Denise was named after a female, just not this one ). Several small topics have pushed my, "I need to think about that" buttons on larger topics of late. Things like, are dress codes appropriate? If so are gender dress codes inappropriate? How many little traditions really have big social, subliminal impact?
Not only are there a general lack of -ae species names, but (at least in cephs) many of these are named after ships (eltaninae, africanae, danae), probably in keeping with the tradition of referring to ships with female pronouns (but that's just a hunch, not checked anywhere). Steve did name an octopus species tegginmathae after his wife Shoba. I can't think of too many other ceph species names honoring women BUT there are actually a few genera that do (Filippovia, for one [and actually now that I think of it there's Todarodes filippovae], and Pickfordiateuthis). Species names ending in -orum honor a group of both males and females collectively, like Callimachus youngorum.
oops, I didn't think about Taningia danae, I guess I did know one after all. I was aware of Callimachus but thought there was only one in the genus. When did youngorum get added?
Wait, there is a genus named filippovae and a species, not in the genus named filippovia? Somehow I am liking the totally nontraditional Wunderpus photogenicus more and more.
I am also having a lot of trouble with all octopuses not being Octopus as it is getting harder and hard to look them up as they change genus. Muusoctopusis one I had not yet come upon but at least it has octopus somewhere in the name (I would argue for starting, not ending with octopus to aid in alphabetizing) but Abdopus only has the last 4 characters and is almost useless for a computer search.