Whales' scientific names
Name: Amanda Kenefick
How is a whale given a scientific name?
Scientific names are assigned to living things for a variety of reasons.
The more common methods involve examining the structures of the
organism and determine if it is a relative of a another species. If
this is the case, the Genus name will probably be the same. It
depends upon the homologous structures as whether or not the Genus
names will be the same. Species names can be given as a Latin
based name for an outstanding feature of the organism or be an
indication of the discover by including his/her name.
If you need to known the origin of a specific whale scientific name,
you might refer to a Latin textbook or Latin teacher to find what the
Latin root word is for the name. Keep in mind that the scientific
name of any organism includes the Genus name and the species name.
Family: Orcinus (most)
Genus and species would relate to the specific whale you have in mind.
Orcinus orca is the Killer whales scientific name.
Steven D Sample
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Update: June 2012