common and scientific names

Joseph E. Laferriere josephl at CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Sat Jul 13 06:34:05 CDT 1996

Many of the "common names" you see in popular literature (e.g. Audubon
Field Guides) are merely translations of the scientific names. For
example, Clarkia nuttallii becomes "Nuttall's clarkia."  I have been told
by people working with endangered species that they are advised to make up
common names where none exist. People often resist scientific names, so
publishing a scientific name in the newspaper will fail to elicit as much
public sympathy as would a good common name the average person can relate

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