re: vernacular names

Subject: re: vernacular names
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 07:35:25 EDT
Hi All,
I am an American who listens in on your list and never posts, but I thought 
I'd add my two cents here.  I've always had mixed feelings about standardized 
common names--isn't that what the scientific names are for?  But I have been 
reading about the "Jabiru" on the list for the past week or two now, since it 
first appeared.  Until this discussion about names, I truly thought that a 
Jabiru, Jabiru mycteria, had appeared in Australia.  That seemed pretty rare 
to me!  I didn't realize that it was a Black-necked Stork, Ephippiorhynchus 
asiaticus, that you all were talking about. Possibly it doesn't make any 
difference what some Yank thinks about your rarities--why should it?  But on 
the other hand, if you didn't want others to know about exactly what you had 
seen, why bother posting it at all?  My two cents--
Bill Benner
Old Brookville, NY, USA

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