Strange Names

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Subject: Strange Names
From: Bob Dawson <>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 18:28:47 +1100

Maybe more of a birding connection than first thought. I found this in the Misc 
Section under "Things named after Biologists".


"When Ian Fleming was in the Caribbean writing Dr. No, he picked the name for 
his hero off the bookshelf, from The Birds of the West Indies by James Bond."



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For other curiosities in nomenclature, have a look at 
There are some strange minds in the world of taxonomy it would 
seem, why else would you call an Earwig Labia minor or a clam Venus 
mercienaria, let alone a trilobite Han solo.


Carl Clifford

On 15/02/2010, at 12:39 PM, Terry Bishop wrote:

Non birding but interesting. There has been many a discussion on strange
names given to birds. Now they have done it to a new and rare snail 

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