Five Animals That Would Be Better Off Nameless

Names like “giraffe” and “jerboa” are nice and snappy, but what are you supposed to do when you’re a naturalist trying to name yet another smallish rodent or brownish beetle?

Sometimes all the good options are already taken. At other times, humans have named animals based only on their usefulness to us. Whatever the reason, here are a few species that got a bum deal.

Edible dormouse

Poor Glis glis. The chubby little rodent got its common name because the ancient Romans consi

Leave a Reply