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Re: A trivial question
From: Ben Creisler
As for horridus, don't forgot Acanthopholis horridus Huxley, 1867.
Note that Latin *horridus* had a number of meanings: "rough, shaggy,
prickly, horrible (inspiring horror)" and used differently in each
Deinodon horridus Leidy is for the "horrible" nature of of the teeth
of a meat-eating dinosaur
Acanthopholis horridus Huxley is for its "prickly" or "bristly"
appearance with spines
Triceratops horridus Marsh (originally as Ceratops horridus) is for
the "rugose" appearance of the bones:
"The vertebrae, and the bones of the limbs and of the feet, are so
much like the corresponding parts of the typical Stegosaurus from the
Jurassic, that it would be difficult to separate the two when in
fragmentary condition, as are most of those from the later formation.
The latter forms, however, are of larger size, and nearly all the
bones have a peculiar rugosity, much less marked in the Jurassic
species. In the form here described, this feature is very conspicuous,
and marks almost every known part of the skeleton."
Just for fun, I might mention a living sowbug (isopod) from Africa
named for a dinosaur: Stegosauroniscus horridus Schmoelzer, 1974
Schmoelzer, K. (1974) Landisopoden aus Zentral - und Ostafrika
(Isopoda, Oniscoidea). Sitzungsberichte Osterreichische Akademie der
Stegosauroniscus (Stegosaurus + oniscus) is named on page 178 and
illustrated on page 179.
On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM, Mickey Mortimer
> Thomas Holtz wrote-
>> Plenty are used only once: horridus, ajax, etc.
> Not true, there's Deinodon horridus as well as the Triceratops horridus you
> were probably thinking about.
> Mickey Mortimer