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Re: A new T. rex â of leeches

Forget the name! Think of the implications! This may be the first leech I don't 

Leeches are one of the most innocuous micropredators you can run into. Compared 
to Culicomorpha and Tabanidae they are relatively easier to avoid, painless and 
disease free. Plus, they are very pretty and have multiple very elegant modes 
of locomotion.

They're also apparently great as pets (although they tend to sleep for several 
months after you feed them).

However, for this new genus - I think we can all make an exception!

-Jonas Weselake-George

On Sat, 17 Apr 2010 18:46:19 -0600
Dan Chure <danchure@easilink.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Dan
> 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.
> >
> > http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/100415-new-species-t-rex-leech-orifices/
> >  
> >
> > http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/15/trex-leech-enormous-teeth/
> >
> >
> > Raymond Thaddeus C. Ancog
> > Mines and Geosciences Bureau
> > Philippines
> >
> >
> >