Scientific Animal Names

Scientific Animal Names

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Animals: Scientific names are unknown to most people.


We know many animal species by the common (popular) name, ie the names that people gave and that went from generation to generation through popular culture. However, biologists and other scientists who study zoology have come up with scientific names. Many of these names have meanings according to the characteristics of the animal. Here are some examples:

Popular Name Scientific Name

Bee Apis mellifera

Cheap Supella longipalpa

Camel Struthio camelus

Common Whale Balaenoptera physalus

Boi Bos Taurus

Donkey Equus asinus

Dog Canis lupus familiaris

Camel Camelus bactrianus

Kangaroo Macropus rufus

Rattlesnake Crotalus durissus

Chipanzé Pan troglodytes

Crocodile Crocodylus acutus

African elephant Loxodonta africana

Chicken Gallus gallus domesticus

Cat Felis silvestris catus

Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis

Caiman Crocodilus Wetland Alligator

Lion panthera leo

Leopard Panthera pardus

Wolf Canis lupus

Otter Lutra longicaudis

Housefly Housefly

Panthera ounce

Orca Orcinus Orca

Pork Sus domesticus

Common Flea Pulicidae

White Shark Carcharodon carcharias

Buzzard King Sarcorhamphus Pope

Bear Panda Ailuropoda Melanoleuca

Cow Bos taurus taurus