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Scientific Animal Names



Animals: Scientific names are unknown to most people.

Introduction

We know many animal species by the common (popular) name, ie the names that people gave and that went from generation to generation through popular culture. However, biologists and other scientists who study zoology have come up with scientific names. Many of these names have meanings according to the characteristics of the animal. Here are some examples:

Popular Name Scientific Name


Bee Apis mellifera


Cheap Supella longipalpa


Camel Struthio camelus


Common Whale Balaenoptera physalus


Boi Bos Taurus


Donkey Equus asinus


Dog Canis lupus familiaris


Camel Camelus bactrianus


Kangaroo Macropus rufus


Rattlesnake Crotalus durissus


Chipanzé Pan troglodytes


Crocodile Crocodylus acutus


African elephant Loxodonta africana


Chicken Gallus gallus domesticus


Cat Felis silvestris catus


Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis


Caiman Crocodilus Wetland Alligator


Lion panthera leo


Leopard Panthera pardus


Wolf Canis lupus


Otter Lutra longicaudis


Housefly Housefly


Panthera ounce


Orca Orcinus Orca


Pork Sus domesticus


Common Flea Pulicidae


White Shark Carcharodon carcharias


Buzzard King Sarcorhamphus Pope


Bear Panda Ailuropoda Melanoleuca


Cow Bos taurus taurus