Quiz: Can You Guess the Scientific Name of These Common Animals?
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Can You Guess the Scientific Name of These Common Animals?
By: Maria Trimarchi
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About This Quiz

How well do you know the scientific names of common animals? Take this quiz to find out exactly how much you know.

So, what is a scientific name? Well, just about everything has a scientific name. Most of the time, we commoners use the common names of things because those funky Latin names can be far too confusing. But scientists like to show off their knowledge by using the scientific names for things. Even if you are not a scientist, you might know the scientific names of these common animals.

Scientific names may also be called Latin names, binomial names, or binomial nomenclature. The reason that the word "binomial" enters into the equation is that the scientific name is a two-part identifier (the prefix "bi" means "two). These two components are the Latin name for the genus or the type of species that the animal belongs to, and the Latin name for the species itself. So, as an example, a common house cat is referred to scientifically as a "Felis catus" - "felis" for belonging to the feline genus, and "catus" for, well, cat.

We've compiled a quiz based on 35 scientific names for common animals. Can you name them all?

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What is the scientific name for a cat?
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What is the scientific name for a housefly?
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What is the scientific name for a gorilla?
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What is the scientific name for llamas?
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What is the scientific name for the great white shark?
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What is the scientific name for the American beaver?
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What is the scientific name for the monarch butterfly?
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What is the scientific name for the American alligator?
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What is the scientific name for the American black bear?
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What is the scientific name for a common raven?
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What is the scientific name for the squirrels running around your town?
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What is the scientific name for a white-winged dove?
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What is the scientific name of the raccoon in your yard?
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What is the scientific name for a Daddy longlegs?
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What is the scientific name for a domesticated goat?
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What is the scientific name for a cobra?
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What is the scientific name for a Rhesus monkey?
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What is the scientific name for you, a human?
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What is the scientific name for a white-tailed deer?
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What's the scientific name for the mouse you found in your house?
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What's the scientific name for the two-toed sloth?
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What is the scientific name for the upside-down jellyfish?
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What is the scientific name for the red fox?
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What is the scientific name for a leopard?
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What is the scientific name for a reindeer?
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