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(not so) Wonderful Scientific Names, Part 5: Turdus ignobilis debilis

(Image: T. ignobilis debilis, Limones, Venezuela © barloventomagico CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 via Flickr)

Scientific names can roll beautifully off the tongue (the ant Monomorium minimum… 787 more words

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Wonderful Scientific Names, Part 4: Yi qi

(Image: Yi qi © 2015 Brian Choo. Thanks, Brian!)

Scientific names can be wonderful for many reasons. So far, I’ve blogged about a bird whose name has rhythm… 708 more words

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“Latin” names that aren’t Latin

Image: Razorbill (Alca torda), photo S. Heard.

My friend Alex is nearly as pedantic as I am. Now and again on Twitter one of us will revel in correcting the other (in a friendly yet taunting manner) on some point of grammar or usage. 462 more words

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Wonderful Latin Names, Part III: Two creatures named “merianae

(Image credits: Left, Opsiphanes cassina merianae, ©Andrey Zheludev, used with permission. Right, Erinnys lassauxii (=merianae), Shawn Hanrahan via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.5.)

I chose the first… 1,296 more words

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Wonderful Latin Names, Part II: Abudefduf saxatilis

(Image by Klaus Rudloff, kdrudloff@web.de, via http://www.biolib.cz)

Today’s Wonderful Latin Name is that of the Sergeant Major: Abudefduf saxatilis. The Sergeant Major is a common damselfish of the tropical Atlantic, often the first fish a new snorkeler or diver learns because it’s beautiful, abundant, and distinctive. 480 more words

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Wonderful Latin Names, Part I: Upupa epops

(Image by Dûrzan cîrano, from Wikipedia.org)

Our subject today is formal scientific names for species (or “Latin names”, although they need not actually be derived from Latin).  559 more words

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