A brittle star has been named Ophiohamus georgemartini after the Game of Thrones author. Many animals bear the names of writers – from birds to extinct whales. Can you classify them?

A species of brittle star has officially been named Ophiohamus georgemartini, because of its physical likeness to the thorny crown on the cover of the second book in the Game of Thrones series, A Clash of Kings. Martin was thrilled, if a bit unnerved by the news: “It is all very Lovecraftian. But I’m flattered. And bemused,” he wrote on his website on Thursday.

Countless authors and writers have been honoured to in this way, with plants, stars, even mortuaries named after them (what a lucky crime writer Val McDermid is). But how well do you know your author patronyms?

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