Sharks: An Eponym Dictionary by Michael Watkins,Bo Beolens PDF

By Michael Watkins,Bo Beolens

This attention-grabbing reference booklet delves into the origins of the vernacular and medical names of sharks, rays, skates and chimeras. each one access bargains a concise biography, revealing the hidden tales and proof in the back of every one species’ name. 

Full of fascinating proof and funny titbits, the authors’ wide learn and detective paintings has made this e-book a finished resource of information on all people linked to the naming of a species. a desirable source for someone with an curiosity in sharks, from curious naturalist to expert ichthyologist, it truly is a necessary addition to the library of a person wishing to fulfill these tickling questions about the mysteries in the back of the names.

Sometimes a reputation refers to not anyone yet to a fictional personality or mythological determine. Eptatretus eos is termed after the Greek goddess of the sunrise in connection with the crimson colouring of the hagfish. The Chilean Roundray Urotrygon cimar, named after Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología in honour of its twentieth anniversary, and the Angular Angelshark Squatina Guggenheim, named after the toilet Simon Guggenheim Memorial origin, are either named after associations. The Whiteleg Skate Amblyraja taaf is simply a shorthand means of describing a toponym – Territoire des Terres australes et antarctiques françaises. There also are entries that are light-hearted comparable to the only for a woman who instructed us "that ornament of her muffins have integrated roughtail skate Bathyraja trachura, purple abalone Haliotis rufescens, and chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha."

Following the luck in their earlier Eponym Dictionaries, the authors have joined forces to offer the Elasmobranch workforce of fishes an identical therapy yet they've got additionally integrated the describers and authors of the unique descriptions of the fishes concerned, as well as these names which are, or seem to be, eponyms.

They have tracked down a few 850 names of residing in addition to lifeless humans. of those part are eponyms after those that have fish named after them and should even have defined a fish or fishes. the opposite part are ichthyologists, marine biologists and different scientists who've get involved within the description and naming of sharks, rays, skates and chimeras. for every individual pointed out there's short, pithy biography. also there are a few 50 entries for what sound like eponyms yet became out to not have any connection to an individual, corresponding to the Alexandrine Torpedo is called after the town in Egypt and never Alexander the Great.

In a few situations those are a reminder of the braveness of scientists whose devoted study in distant destinations uncovered them to disorder or even violent loss of life. The eponym guarantees that their reminiscence will live on, aided by means of reference works comparable to this hugely readable dictionary. Altogether 1,577 fishes are listed.

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