Mon Feb 23 07:59:47 CST 1998
A familiar example from North American herpetology is the common racer,
_Coluber constrictor_, which does not constrict. Apparently the
misnomer resulted from confuson between the black racer (_C. c.
constrictor_) and the black rat snake (_Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta_),
which is a constrictor.
Barry M. OConnor wrote:
> At 1:07 PM 2/23/98, Matthias Buck wrote:
> >sorry I can't add any plant species but I have a very nice example
> >from entomology: Apteromyia (a genus of Sphaeroceridae, Diptera)
> >(= wingless fly)... The flies, however, are fully winged!
> And of course, lots of examples in parasitology; my favorite is the African
> tick, Cosmiomma hippopotamensis. It's never been found on a Hippopotamus.
> Barry M. OConnor phone: (734) 763-4354
> Museum of Zoology FAX: (734) 763-4080
> University of Michigan e-mail: bmoc at umich.edu
> Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 USA
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