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Re: "raptor" names (was Re: Giant raptor claw found)



In a message dated 97-12-04 13:34:15 EST, Ronald Orenstein wrote:
 
 << Anyway, invertebrate-taxonomy folks have lots of fun with names.  There is
  a spider named Draculoides bramstokeri, and two wasps named Polemistus
  chewbacca and P. yoda! >>
 
 These and several other names of this sort were featured in an article in the
December 1996 issue of Smithsonian magazine devoted entirely to the oddities
in scientific names. Others include the snail Ba humbugi, the wasps Verae
peculya, Heerz tooya, and Heerz lukenatcha, and the "musical" chiggers
Trombicula doremi and T. fasolla. To try to even mention a dinosaur in this
otherwise entirely off-topic message, before there was Gojirasaurus, there was
already a crustacean Godzillius.
 
 -C. Kammerer