[Annelida] Welsh earthworms get slugged

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Thu Jul 10 21:21:05 EST 2008

Not that it matters but:


Quote: "Mr Rowson said: "Selenochlamys ysbryda seemed appropriate for this spooky, nocturnal hunter and indicates where it was first found. We think this is the first time a Welsh word has been used in an animal's scientific name."

Unlikely to be true, do you think? There's 250 years' worth of names out there already. For example Gwynia (Gwynia capsula),  gwyni ( Limatula gwyni , ) gwynana (Melitta gwynana) conceivably could have been derived from Welsh gwyn "white" or "fair hair". Then there may be any number of place names, personal names, etc.


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