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Can You Guess the Scientific Name of These Common Animals?
by Maria Trimarchi

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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