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Why do scorpions have scientific names?

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Topic Re: Why do scorpions have scientific names?

Post by EmpScorp on Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:21 pm

Why do scorpions have to have scientific names as their nickname? They should all have nicknames, like Emperor scorpion, or death stalker scorpion. I guess this one might have a name, but a lot of them don't.
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Topic Re: Why do scorpions have scientific names?

Post by ShredderEmp on Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:00 am

That is because it can get really confusing. If you called all Androctonus sp. "Fat Tails", how would you know whether you are getting A. australis or A. bicolor? Also, Heterometrus are labeled as "Asian Forest Scorpions". How do you know whether you are getting H. longimanus or H. spinifer or H. petersii or H. swammerdami?
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Topic Re: Why do scorpions have scientific names?

Post by Shadowfoot on Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:53 am

If you think about it, there are 1800+ species of scorpions and usually with such a huge amount it's better to group them and this is exactly what scientific names do Wink If you have the genus of the scorp down then you're halfway there.
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Topic Why do scorpions have scientific names?

Post by ShredderEmp on Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:30 pm

Truth. It actually is easy to know once you start learning them.
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