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Posted by henry on March 21, 2003 at 07:33:16:

In Reply to: Help!!! posted by RyanD on March 20, 2003 at 20:07:01:

Species names are often descriptive. It may be physical appearance -- maculatum means spotted; alba means white, hyrsutae means hairy. Caerullea means blue-colored (don't know what Litoria stands for). Etc. The name may also indicate where the species was found or who found it. So if I found a white-spotted frog I might name it, Albomaculata henryii.

"Vermiculatis" means worm-like in Latin, so something about these two different frogs you mentioned struck the namers as wormlike (I'll be darned if I can imagine what it was though).

- henry


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