The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians

The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians

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New species of animal and plant are being discovered all the time. When this happens, the new species has to be given a scientific, Latin name in addition to any common, vernacular name. In either case the species may be named after a person, often the discoverer but sometimes an individual they wished to honour or perhaps were staying with at the time the discovery was made. Species names related to a person are a€˜eponymsa€™. Many scientific names are allusive, esoteric and even humorous, so an eponym dictionary is a valuable resource for anyone, amateur or professional, who wants to decipher the meaning and glimpse the history of a species name. Sometimes a name refers not to a person but to a fictional character or mythological figure. The Forest Stubfoot Toad Atelopus farci is named after the FARC, a Colombian guerrilla army who found refuge in the toada€™s habitat and thereby, it is claimed, protected it. Hoipollo's Bubble-nest Frog Pseudophilautus hoipolloi was named after the Greek for a€˜the manya€™, but someone assumed the reference was to a Dr Hoipollo. Meanwhile, the man who has everything will never refuse an eponym: Sting's Treefrog Dendropsophus stingi is named after the rock musician, in honour of his a€˜commitment and efforts to save the rainforesta€™. Following the success of their Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles, the authors have joined forces to give amphibians a similar treatment. They have tracked down 1, 609 honoured individuals and composed for each a brief, pithy biography. In some cases these are a reminder of the courage of scientists whose dedicated research in remote locations exposed them to disease and even violent death. The eponym ensures that their memory will survive, aided by reference works such as this highly readable dictionary. Altogether 2, 668 amphibians are, California (1900) and was the Commissioner representing the United States on the International Commission studying the ... He wrote Manual of the Vertebrates of Northern US (1876). ... He led an expedition to South-West Africa ( Namibia) and Angola in the early 1930s. ... Pseudoeurycea juarezi regal, 1966 This salamander is named after the type locality, the Sierra de JuAirez, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Title:The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians
Author: Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins, Michael Grayson
Publisher:Pelagic Publishing - 2013-04-22

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