The name Eremophila

Subject: The name Eremophila
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 09:39:18 +1000
Hi all,
I was glancing through the latest addition to my library last night (Howard & Moore's Checklist of Birds of the World) and came acros the genus name Eremophila for two species of Larks. One of these occurs in Europe and so I checked my field guides and indeed the name is spelt the same way. The reason that this raised my curiosity is that the same genus name is applied to a large Australian genus of plants in the family Myoporaceae. Many are WA endemics, but some of the eastern species include Emu-bush (E. longifolia) and various Fuschia Bushes. I thought one of the rules of Linnaean systematics was that the genus is unique. Is this the case? Or does this only apply within a Kingdom (ie plants and animals can have the same genus name)? If so does anyone else know of any genera that have been used for both plants and animals?

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