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Re: [beemonitoring] Proposed common names for 15 North American Bombus -- comment asap

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  • Doug Yanega
    Some of these names are very odd, and directly in conflict with existing common names. Bombus franklini is known as Franklin s bumble bee, and that generates
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 14 11:48 AM
      Some of these names are very odd, and directly in conflict with
      existing common names. Bombus franklini is known as Franklin's bumble
      bee, and that generates over 40,000 google hits - no one has EVER
      referred to this species as "Franklin bumble bee" (zero hits).
      Likewise for morrisoni, huntii, vandykei, and vosenesenskii -
      patronymic common names almost invariably use an apostrophe. Some of
      the adjectival names are also awkwardly-constructed ("black tail"
      instead of "black-tailed", "yellow head" instead of "yellow-headed"),
      and inconsistent (since one of them is "fuzzy-horned" rather than
      "fuzzy horn").

      Also, if you check in popular and widely-used sources like Bugguide
      and Wikipedia, some of these species already have common names in
      use, that are different from those on the list (the most dramatic
      conflict is vosnesenskii, which is called the Yellow-faced bumble bee
      in both public resources, a name which is awfully similar to "yellow
      head bumble bee" which is proposed for flavifrons. I don;t understand
      why one would try to coin new common names for species that already
      have them, rather than trying to uphold the status quo.

      Given that the deadline for comments is *tomorrow*, I'm already
      writing a letter asking them to reject some of the suggested names,
      others might want to do the same.

      Peace,
      --

      Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
      Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
      phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
      http://cache.ucr.edu/~heraty/yanega.html
      "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
      is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
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