Australian Museum Journal Description of a Dapanoptera from Australia

Shortform:
Skuse, 1896, Rec. Aust. Mus. 2(7): 106–110
Author(s):
Skuse, F. A. A.
Year published:
1896
Title:
Description of a Dapanoptera from Australia
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
2
Issue:
7
Start page:
106
End page:
110
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.2.1896.1211
Language:
English
Date published:
31 January 1896
Cover date:
31 January 1896
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
11 September 2009
Reference number:
1211
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (204kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (614kb PDF)

Abstract

In the present contribution it appears advisable that it should be prefaced by an explanation of the reason why scientific names and descriptions, which the majority of the public does not seem to quite understand, are published in the manner they are, and why such a course is necessary to the end for which they are written.

It is frequently asked "Why do you naturalists put long-winded Latin or Greek names to your specimens?" "Why not do so in plain English?" This is, however, not so easily complied with as may be imagined, and where done, it is in many cases, only calculated to mislead. Popular names are usually bestowed upon objects existing in nature by local consent and usage: that is by the folk inhabiting the particular district or region where the animals, plants, or whatever else they may be, exist; and these names convey to them, only, perhaps, an idea of what is meant. Professor Bell, a celebrated authority on British Crustacea, visiting