folk taxonomy

WCS Gallon Jug galljug at BTL.NET
Tue Nov 12 07:32:46 CST 1996

>>> >Many plants
>>> >in the SW US and NW Mexico bear the epithet "wislizeni"
>>> >which I have to look up every time I have to spell it.
>>> Being plants, their epithet is spelled "wislizenii", with the double "i".

Not restricted to SW Plants, the Meloid beetle (Meloidae) Cysteodemus
wislizeni is (was in the 60s-70s) common in the deserts in Southern Nevada.
Also a leopard lizard Crotophytus wislizeni... So that person had more than
plants named "in honor".

Bruce W. Miller
Associate Conservation Zoologist
Tropical Forest Planning Project
Wildlife Conservation Society
Gallon Jug, Belize
    galljug at

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