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The reason scientific names are difficult to remember is because the scientific names are given in Latin. There are rules to be followed when naming a organism. That the name must be in the form of Genus species is one of those rules. For a person who knows latin, it would be just as easy as the English names are for a English speaking person. In earlier ...


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Plants known commonly as geraniums belong to the genus Pelargonium. Similarly, plants known commonly as cranesbills belong to the genus Geranium.


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One great example I know of is the duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), often simply called a platypus, which shares its name with the Platypus genus of ambrosia beetle. Wikipedia gives a brief history of the taxonomy of the duck-billed platypus: The common name "platypus" is the latinisation of the Greek word πλατύπους (platupous), ...


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This is advice from a website on plants, but its advice is equally valid for plants or animals. For example, if you wish to discuss several Pinguicula species, do you call them Pinguiculae or Pinguiculas? The answer is that you can do neither! Pinguicula is the name of the genus, a single group of plants which was very carefully named. If you make ...


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There is an International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, to which submissions for new organisms' names is strongly recomended. The discoverer does have some leeway within this system if there is no Latin name that well-describes this species. Your example is one of many. Chapter 31, for example, clearly states: 31.1.1. A species-group name, if a ...



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