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Posted by Derek Benson on March 21, 2003 at 08:34:36:
In Reply to: Latin posted by henry on March 21, 2003 at 07:33:16:
: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).
Is there a place to find the meanings of these latin names? I take spanish, so I have no clue. I would be interested in finding out the meaning of some phyllomedusa species.