Scientific Names

We give you the scientific name. Can you guess what it is called in common English?
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First submittedAugust 15, 2013
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Scientific Name
Hint
Common Name
Homo sapiens
Animal
Human
Equus ferus caballus
Animal
Horse
Equus quagga
Animal
Zebra
Panthera leo
Animal
Lion
Canis lupus familiaris
Animal
Dog
Pan troglodytes
Animal
Chimpanzee
Ursus maritimus
Animal
Polar Bear
Aves
Class of animal
Birds
Corvus
Genus of animal
Crow / raven
Vitis vinifera
Edible plant
Grape
Clavicle
Body part
Collarbone
Mandible
Body part
Jaw Bone
Leukocyte
Body part
White Blood Cell
Patella
Body part
Kneecap
Polaris
Celestial object
North Star
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
Disease
Mad Cow Disease
SARS-CoV-2
Virus
Coronavirus
Aurora borealis
Phenomenon
Northern Lights
Sodium chloride
Substance
Salt
L-ascorbic Acid
Substance
Vitamin C
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Level 59
Sep 20, 2013
A very minor point - in current usage, the second (species) and third (subspecies) scientific names of animals should be in lower case (e.g., Canis lupus familiaris, Ursus maritimus, Equus quagga, etc.). Good quiz, Thanks Quizmaster!
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Level ∞
Dec 9, 2015
I'll take your word for it and put those in lower case.
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Level 53
Sep 23, 2013
This quiz should have the name modified, since most of the latin names ARE NOT scientific names as we know it. Scientific name in this case can´t be used as an opposition for popular or vernacular names.

"Scientific names" make us think about the binomial nomenclature stated by Linnaeus for classification of living organisms, as some of the posed questions (eg. Homo sapiens. Equus ferus, etc), but not for others (eg. aurora borealis, clavicle, etc).

Furthermore, there is a lot of errors. Capsicum is only one genus of pepper (see Pimenta spp, Piper spp, etc) and not all Capsicum species are known as pepper. Equus quagga isn´t the zebra itself (Equus zebra) but an extinct type of animal that resembles a zebra (Vernacular name: Mountain zebra). Lots of corrections must be done! But the idea of the quizz is cool!

Sorry about the poor english... but my sugestions were made!

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Level ∞
Sep 23, 2013
Where does it say that this quiz only uses "binomial nomenclature"?

Also,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equus_quagga

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Level 47
May 15, 2020
Yeah I was confused, I thought the quagga was extinct...
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Level 51
May 15, 2020
The quagga is extinct. But it was a subspecies of the plains zebra, and its scientific name was Equus quagga quagga.
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Level 74
Dec 2, 2014
Accept "white cell"?
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Level 51
May 11, 2015
No.
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Level 80
May 30, 2018
That is literally what it means
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Level 43
Apr 7, 2019
That's really strange! Why do the quiz do not accept "white cells" when this is more correct than "white blood cells". Remember: they spend more time in lymph vessels than in blood vessels. Nor do the same accepts WBCs.
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Level 62
Jan 1, 2016
Seriously, it doesn't take knee?!
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Level 59
Mar 24, 2016
Correctly - patella is just the bone on the font, not the whole structure of the knee.
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Level 83
Apr 10, 2020
The knee is a joint. The patella is not the joint.
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Level 58
Mar 24, 2016
We have aurora Australis in the southern hemisphere but we don't call it the southern lights. Must be a northerner thing.
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Level 79
Mar 24, 2016
Thank you! I always wondered about that.
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Level 73
Jul 12, 2016
I hear Southern Lights all the time, though I personally more commonly say aurora for both austral and boreal versions.
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Level 63
Apr 6, 2020
How do you hear lights?
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Level 67
May 15, 2020
@TurkeyCookTime synesthesia.
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Level 77
Apr 5, 2020
Polar lights should be accepted
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Level 70
Mar 24, 2016
I didn't get polaris as I was trying "north", "northern", "pole" and such. All I've ever seen used is the form "Stella Polaris", but according to Wikipedia it does seem that just "Polaris" refers to the star these days. Thus, Stella Polaris would be Northern Star Star. Nice.
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Level 52
Mar 24, 2016
Wouldn't the North Star be Alpha Ursae Minoris? Polaris is a proper name
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Level 62
Mar 24, 2016
This is very picky, but any molecule which contains an alkali metal and a halogen can be called a salt. I would suggest taking "salt" as an acceptable type-in but write "table salt" as the answer.
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Level 40
Mar 24, 2016
Seriously? Who asks, "Please pass the table salt?" If you asked me that, I would reply, "as opposed to the floor salt, or what?" :)
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Level 57
Mar 24, 2016
Yeah. It does say common name.
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Level 67
Jan 12, 2018
As opposed to road salt maybe?
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Level 82
Apr 5, 2020
^ Halite is the same thing, but I've never seen it on a table unless making ice cream the good old way.
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Level 63
Apr 6, 2020
As opposed to sea salt
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Level 79
May 15, 2020
Sea salt IS table salt in our house. We said table salt when I was young, probably as opposed to Epsom salt, which most households had back then to use as laxatives or for foot soaks. I don't hear people say table salt these days.
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Level 82
Apr 5, 2020
The word salt, and its relatives in innumerable langues, come from the Latin word for what everyone in their right mind calls salt.

Much as we would look askance these days at getting paid part of our salary in salt, cashing a check for some calcium chloride would be of no benefit to human sustenance. Maybe if you needed to melt a driveway.

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Level 68
Mar 24, 2016
I guess that since it says scientific names, your definition of ave is correct, but ave is also Latin for "Hail" or "Farewell".
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Level 63
Mar 24, 2016
The singular of "aves" is "avis".
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Level 17
Mar 24, 2016
Should accept knee for patella!
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Level 83
Apr 10, 2020
Just look up "patella" and see if it says "knee". It doesn't.

Joint ≠ bone.

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Level 17
Mar 24, 2016
Great quiz btw!
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2017
I know this is very pedantic and I don't expect you to add it, but I want it to be known that Equus quagga is actually the Plains zebra only. DNA analyses suggest that the three species of zebras are most likely not even the closest living relatives to each other, with one being closer related to the African wild ass and another closer to the Onager and Kiang.
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Level 71
Apr 5, 2020
I actually learn a lot from reading the pedantic comments on this site
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Level 89
Jun 14, 2017
Is "White Cell" acceptable? Thanks.
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Level 64
Jun 24, 2017
+1

Or at least White Bloody Cell

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Level 67
Apr 7, 2019
Bloody cell?? Ok that invokes quite horrific images
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Level 80
Apr 7, 2019
how about "bloody white cell?"
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Level 64
May 18, 2020
or at least white globule
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Level 48
May 30, 2018
A-Aurora Borealis! At this time of year at this time of day in this part of the internet localized entirely in this quiz!
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Level 71
Apr 5, 2020
Yes!
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Level 56
May 15, 2020
May I see it?
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Level 65
May 16, 2020
Mm ... no.
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Level 67
Jan 5, 2019
I got all but zebra with 3 minutes left, took me almost a minute to come up with zebra ( tried pony, shetland pony, donkey, mule, even bull, cow and camel out of desparation.. knowing those werent right)
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Level 59
May 15, 2020
please accept polar lights too.
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Level 53
May 15, 2020
how did 21% of people not get coronavirus
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Level 73
May 15, 2020
Good hygiene and social distancing maybe.
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Level 65
May 16, 2020
Ha! This actually made me laugh out loud!
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Level 47
May 15, 2020
Gah! I said knee, dang it.
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Level 54
May 15, 2020
Is Polaris really considered the scientific name for the star? It's just its name. That's like including "Mars" as a scientific name for "the red planet"
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Level 68
Nov 1, 2020
Which would also be correct, because that's its official name according to the International Astronomical Union. It wouldn't work as well for this quiz, though, since Mars doesn't have a less formal name that's more commonly used by laypeople, while Polaris does.
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Level 53
May 15, 2020
Some of these 'scientific' names are more well known than the so-called common ones. I didn't know any other term for aurora borealis and I've never heard of a kneecap.
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Level 58
May 15, 2020
Isn't SARS-CoV-2 the scientific name for a specific type of coronavirus with the common name COVID-19? I thought there were many other coronaviruses out there, and they're not all called "SARS-CoV-2", are they?
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Level 80
May 15, 2020
Not exactly. I had typed something here about this. Seems to have gone missing now.
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Level 47
May 15, 2020
Yes, it should be changed to "novel coronavirus"
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Level 65
May 16, 2020
I mean, the quiz asks for the common name, and if I mention "the coronavirus", no one's gonna ask me which coronavirus I mean.
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Level 35
May 15, 2020
I was thinking shoulder bone for clavicle, so I was wrong.
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Level 59
May 16, 2020
Would it be possible to accept "vine" instead of "grape"? Vitis vinifera is actually the plant species, not the fruit…