Correctly spelling scientific names has never been easy. The words and their forms are unfamiliar to most people. Today’s word processors are no help; their spell checkers could hardly be expected to include the scientific names of even common species.
So misspelled scientific names are inevitable. These misspellings can be a problem for anyone doing computerized searches for a particular scientific name. But, for the most part, misspellings are a curiosity and a source of momentary delight for readers.
The California condor has been assigned a number of scientific names through the years. In this post, I note some examples of how those names have been misspelled (and do so with trepidation as I have and will surely continue to misspell names).
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Previous posts have noted the frequent association of particular words with the California condor. In this post my focus is on “free”.
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In scanning my bibliography on the California condor, the titles of some articles just leap out from the rest. This post presents 20 curious titles from articles about condors dated 1895-1999. These articles are from newspapers, magazines, and journals.
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In 1882, Albert Kellogg described the sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana) as a “vast sylvan condor”. Such a lovely simile deserves a closer look.
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The California condor has not always been called by that name. In the 19th century, the common name assigned to this bird was typically some form of “vulture”.
Perhaps surprisingly, the scientific name for the California condor has also changed – and it has changed more often than the common name. In this post I list and briefly explain 12 of the scientific, latinate names given to the species we now know as the California condor.
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As I explore historical documents concerning the California condor, I am always delighted to read the reactions of those encountering a condor in the wild.
Below are 10 reports of sighting condors, all published in the 1st half of the 20th century.
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The California condor is a critically-endangered species. Recently, the meaning of that term “critically endangered” literally hit home.
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