[Taxacom] Herpetological Common Names

David Campbell pleuronaia at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 21:33:33 CDT 2015

> Many plant common names simply are derivatives of the latin names, e.g.,
> Shumard's oak or Nuttall's oak for Quercus shumardii and Quercus
> nuttallii.  This practice becomes even more confusing when the latin name
> is changed, in keeping with nomenclatorial rules, but the common name
> isn't
Though it's even more confusing when the common name matches the scientific
name of another species, e.g., the Georgia pigtoe is not Pleurobema
georgianum.  In mollusks, there's difference of opinion in interpreting the
guidelines between "don't have to translate the scientific name" and "must
not translate the scientific name".

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Dr. David Campbell
Assistant Professor, Geology
Department of Natural Sciences
Box 7270
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs NC 28017

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