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    Thread: Why scientific names?

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      TConfused Why scientific names?

      why do people refer to their Ts with their scientific names for the most part? This may be a stupid question but I'm just curious and never knew why ☺️

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      Quote Originally Posted by xSicSolx View Post
      why do people refer to their Ts with their scientific names for the most part? This may be a stupid question but I'm just curious and never knew why ☺️
      Scientific names are unambiguous. Common names, on the other hand, are often not. There is no one official common name for a species, so people are free to make up their own names (often for marketing reasons), and this creates ambiguity.

      For example, there are 12+ species of pinktoe. Names like "stripe knee" can refer to several different species. There are many variations of red/orange/fire leg/knee/rump names (typically used for species of Brachypelma).

      Moreover, a single species may have several common names. For example, Eupalaestrus campestratus has been marketed as the pink zebra beauty, the Paraguayan pink, the common yellow banded stout-hind legged birdeater, and the giant stripe leg.

      Additionally, scientific names transcend language barriers, as the scientific community agrees on a single name for a single species to be used by speakers of all languages.

      So why does precision matter? First, you want to know what you are really buying, as different species have different market values, care requirements, venom potencies, and temperaments.

      Second, when breeding tarantulas, you want to make sure the two tarantulas are actually the same species, so you don't inadvertently create hybrids or risk putting two incompatible tarantulas in the same enclosure (where they will see each other as threats and not mates).
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      Yup. That about says it all.

      Thanks Ungoliant.

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      Ah ok, that makes sense, thank you for taking the time to explain, much appreciated!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ungoliant View Post
      Scientific names are unambiguous.
      Mostly, LOL. How long are we going to see B. hamorii sold as B. smithi?
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      Quote Originally Posted by TheVez2 View Post
      Mostly, LOL. How long are we going to see B. hamorii sold as B. smithi?
      As long as it takes stubborn people to accept the new classification!
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      The convention is unambiguous. It's the people choosing to ignore the updates that makes things ambiguous.

      I gotta admit, I still catch myself calling a few Ts by their old names. Avic versicolor for example.

      And I guess some of my Mexican Red-knees still think they are smithis rather than hamoriis. I should change their labels soon, eh?


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      Quote Originally Posted by Ungoliant View Post
      As long as it takes stubborn people to accept the new classification!
      I'm mainly referring to pet stores. It's not stubbornness necessarily, but they are just uninformed. Then they pass on that info to new keepers. It's going to take many, many years before everyone is on the same page.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ManlyMan7 View Post
      The convention is unambiguous. It's the people choosing to ignore the updates that makes things ambiguous.

      I gotta admit, I still catch myself calling a few Ts by their old names. Avic versicolor for example.

      And I guess some of my Mexican Red-knees still think they are smithis rather than hamoriis. I should change their labels soon, eh?

      Hi there. I donít ever post, but I need help sexing one of my tarantulas and so I am searching for viable post material to hit the 5 post minimum count.

      Iím interested to know more about the versicolor reclassification. Do you have any additional information? These are one of my favorites, and I think the first tarantula Iíve ever owned. What is the new Latin, and do you know why?


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      Quote Originally Posted by RawrSean View Post
      Hi there. I don’t ever post, but I need help sexing one of my tarantulas and so I am searching for viable post material to hit the 5 post minimum count.

      I’m interested to know more about the versicolor reclassification. Do you have any additional information? These are one of my favorites, and I think the first tarantula I’ve ever owned. What is the new Latin, and do you know why?


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      Welcome RawrSean. Glad to see you here.

      As for the name revision for Avicularia versicolor, it is now Caribena versicolor.

      I will be looking for your sexing post. I hope we can help.

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