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#148813 - 10/10/05 06:08 PM Re: Nephila clavata  
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At least one person thinks it's Latin: Latin is Nephila clavata (Tetragnathidae)
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This site seems somewhat more credible. Nephila clavata (Araneae: Tetragnathidae).
Korean Journal of Biological Sciences

And here is something slightly closer to answering your question: You can hardly walk through a forest without noticing, or being confronted by, the big webs of Nephila clavata. The female grows several times bigger than the male as you can see the photo. The male is most likely to fall prey to the female after they have copulated. The Japanese name means a prostitute (Joro) but it is said to be a misinterpretation. The original word is supposed to be Jouro (a high-ranking woman in the harem of Tokugawa Shogun.) Whichever is plausible considering the tragic relationship between the male and female.
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(Oops--you already knew that, didn't you? My bad.)

#148814 - 10/10/05 08:25 PM Re: Nephila clavata  
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I respectfully submit that that is not responsive.

#148815 - 10/11/05 02:23 AM Re: Giants were in the land.  
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Also, not all scientific names are descriptive. Some are honorary. Gary Larson, the cartoonist, had a woodlouse named after him.


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#148816 - 10/11/05 02:49 AM Re: Giants were in the land.  
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I resubmit my last reply in its entirety.

#148817 - 10/11/05 03:25 AM Re: Giants were in the land.  
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And, while the word's not Latin, it is Greeked Hebrew, and was probably carried over from the Septuagint into the Latin scriptures, although it appears as a plural.




No, both the Septuagint (http://septuagint.org/LXX/Genesis/Genesis6.html) and the Vulgate (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?lookup=Genesis+6.1) have gigantes = giants.


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#148818 - 10/11/05 03:57 AM Re: Giants were in the land.  
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Usually Latin faunal names are descriptive of the animal they designate. Aren't they?

Jah, like Ursus horribilis is descriptive of the grizzly bear.

#148819 - 10/11/05 11:02 AM Re: Farcide  
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Also, not all scientific names are descriptive. Some are honorary. Gary Larson, the cartoonist, had a woodlouse named after him.




Species name, yes. Genus name, I dunno. Can you cite any non-descriptive genus names?

#148820 - 10/11/05 01:01 PM Re: Giants were in the land.  
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Responsive.

#148821 - 10/11/05 01:13 PM Re: International Code of Zoological Nomenclature  
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mebbe we could ask here:

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#148822 - 10/11/05 01:18 PM Re: Farcide  
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Can you cite any non-descriptive genus names?

No, I can't, but this website might help:

http://home.earthlink.net/~misaak/taxonomy.html


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