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Re: A new T. rex — of leeches

I would suspect there is a genus of insect with a generic name based on Tyrannus that predates T rex. Tyrannus is a genus of flycatcher, although I'm not sure when that generic name came into being.


Raymond Ancog wrote:
Not directly dino-related, but it does illustrate the impact of the name of the everyman's presumed favorite dinosaur. The new leech is named Tyrannobdella rex, "tyrant leech king," by invertebrate experts at AMNH. (Any of dino experts there had a role in suggesting the name?) I won't be surprised if in the future other "tyrant whatever kings" will be named by sticking the appropriate suffic after "Tyranno", like Tyrannotherium rex, Tyrannosuchus rex, Tyrannornis rex etc. Or have they already? Oh wait, the Fox News article says it's been done already.


Raymond Thaddeus C. Ancog
Mines and Geosciences Bureau