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Scientific Names

Based on the scientific name, guess the common name.
Last updated: March 24, 2016
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Scientific Name
Common Name
Homo sapiens
Human
Aurora Borealis
Northern Lights
Clavicle
Collarbone
Sodium Chloride
Salt
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
Mad Cow Disease
Conjunctivitis
Pink Eye
Equus ferus caballus
Horse
Equus quagga
Zebra
Mandible
Jaw Bone
Panthera leo
Lion
Scientific Name
Common Name
Capsicum
Chili Pepper
Nitrous Oxide
Laughing Gas
Polaris
North Star
L-ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C
Canis lupus familiaris
Dog
Leukocyte
White Blood Cell
Pan troglodytes
Chimpanzee
Ursus maritimus
Polar Bear
Patella
Kneecap
Aves
Birds
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level 58
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 69
Jun 17, 2014
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level 28
Sep 5, 2015
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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 50
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 28
Dec 17, 2013
A few suggestions for improvement: * Homo sapiens should be with a last "s" * Nitrous Oxide could also accept "laugh gas" * Aurora Borealis could (should) also accept "Northern light" (aurora is singular, so imho a more correct translation - especially important for non-natives) Otherwise, nice quiz.
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level 35
Mar 24, 2016
1. sapiens=yes and they fixed it 2. Absolutely no one uses "laugh gas". It's laughing gas. 3. Absolutely no one uses "Northern Light". It's Northern Lights.
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level 74
Mar 24, 2016
laughing gas doesn't work either
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level 74
May 30, 2018
This time I tried "funny gas," "nitro," "nitrous," and "NOS!" (as in The Fast and the Furious).. didn't work.
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level 70
Dec 2, 2014
Accept "white cell"?
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level 50
May 11, 2015
No.
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level 74
May 30, 2018
That is literally what it means
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level 75
Aug 10, 2015
Aves actually means "birds" as it is plural. Avis is the singular. (S: Avis, avis, avem, avis, avi, ave; PL: aves, aves, aves, avum, avibus, avibus.)
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level ∞
Dec 9, 2015
Changed it to birds, though bird will still be accepted.
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level 58
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 66
Jan 17, 2016
How about "happy gas" for "laughing gas" ?
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level 56
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 74
Mar 24, 2016
Thank you! I always wondered about that.
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level 70
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 65
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 57
Mar 24, 2016
The human species is Homo sapiens not Homo sapien. "Sapiens" is not a plural noun, it's an adjective. "Sapien" is not a word. One member of Homo sapiens is not a "Homo sapien", despite people colloquially using it that way. If this quiz is about scientific usage, it should use scientific usage.
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level ∞
Mar 24, 2016
Okay I changed it
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level 43
Mar 24, 2016
Wouldn't the North Star be Alpha Ursae Minoris? Polaris is a proper name
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level 59
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 35
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 63
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 57
Mar 24, 2016
The singular of "aves" is "avis".
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level 14
Mar 24, 2016
Should accept knee for patella!
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level 14
Mar 24, 2016
Great quiz btw!
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level 48
Mar 28, 2016
Homo sapiens should be in italics.
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level 60
May 24, 2016
Wrote down every type of bat I knew for Pan troglodytes. The only one I didn't get.
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level 70
Feb 28, 2017
I kept typing my mother-in-law's name, but to no avail.
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level 70
Jul 12, 2016
Completely missed conjunctivitis (though with more reflection I may have got there eventually) as I've never known it as anything else, as I suspect would be the case for the majority of Australians and Kiwis. Capsicum also took be a little while, for the same reason.
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level 61
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 81
Jun 14, 2017
Is "White Cell" acceptable? Thanks.
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level 56
Jun 24, 2017
+1 Or at least White Bloody Cell
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level 54
Jan 12, 2018
The clue "Capsicum" for chili pepper is a taxon too broad, because Capsicum is a genus that contains many species, including bell-pepper (Capsicum annuum). Several species are commonly called chili peppers however. To give you a comparison, this would be like putting the Genus "Prunus" as the clue and then giving the answer as "apricots" - when in fact the genus includes cherries, peaches, plums, prunes and apricots. Or like putting "Citrus" and only having lemons as an answer. To make things more confusing, the word capsicum is used only for bell-pepper in Australia, New Zealand and South Asian countries. So including "bell-pepper" as an answer isn't going to help them. I suggest as a replacement question that will be simpler "Ficus" (figs) or "Mangifera" (mangoes).
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level 44
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 32
Jun 23, 2018
I think "laughing gas" is a bit old fashioned, not really common anymore. I more often hear it called n2o or nitrous.
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