Thursday, 4 September 2008

Curious taxonomy

If you have an hour or two to spare check out this webpage -
Find out how Kryoryctes cadburyi got its name, or Notamacrocarpus, and many many more. They're all funny, interesting or curious.


Mosura said...

Looks like an interesting site - thanks for the link.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Boobook
Thanks for that link.
I learnt this:
Dacelo novaeguineae (Hermann 1783) (common or laughing kookaburra). For novaeguineae = New Guinea. Sonnerat pictured this solely-Australian bird in his New Guinea book and claimed to have collected it there. He had in fact probably been given it by Joseph Banks, whom he met in South Africa in 1770.
So, that is one of life's little mysteries solved (for me).