Anyone want to name a new genus?

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  1. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    OK, all you creative types. I have a new squid genus needing a name, and given some of the creative and punny things I've seen posted on TONMO, I'm willing to bet there will be some good suggestions. If you want to take a stab at it, read on...

    General naming conventions:
    - Cannot be named after oneself
    - Species are often named based on a distinguishing physical character, region in which they are found, or after someone involved in the species' discovery (e.g., collector, first person to recognize it was something new, etc.); genus name should apply to all species contained, but at this stage there's only one, so that's easy :smile:

    Specifics about this squid:
    - found in Antarctic to sub-Antarctic waters (type locality Scotia Sea)
    - it's an onychoteuthid with a confused generic history - this will be its third genus name in 38 years
    - it's eaten by lots of stuff in Antarctic waters - birds, seals, whales
    - more specific physical characters found here
    - specimens are fairly rare in collections
    - essentially nothing is known about its biology or ecology

    Bonus points if:
    - The genus name does not contain 'teuthis' or 'Onykia' (most of the other onychoteuthid genera contain one or the other)
    - It forms nice alliteration with, or otherwise sounds good with, the species name knipovitchi

    Suggestions that will not be considered:
    :no_diamond:

    Winner gets:
    - General bragging rights and, of course, a copy of the publication once it's out

    ... Go!
    :archi::onycho::histio::mesonych:
     
  2. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I'll start and modify my entries as I try to rise to the challenge :razz::

    Callimachus - ancient poet who wrote a story about prince Teuthis and whos name is reminiscent of Calamari - Apparently there is missing info missing part to the poem so authoritative second guessing parts of the translation are frequent in the posts with the name.
     
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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Oooh, I liiiiike that - setting the bar high, early on! :thumbsup:
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    :grin: Me too, I was thinking it may be hard for me to beat but I am still working on crochet hooks. Velcro is copy righted and doesn't really do well with the species name.:wink:
     
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    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    I'll take the easy way :grin:

    Knipovitchia knipovitchi
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Scyllamimus knipovitchi?
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Jormunganderia knipovitchi? After the giant squid like midgard snake?
     
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    davelin315 Wonderpus Registered

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    Frigaquascotchi = Friga - cold; aqua - water; soctchi - shout out to the Scotia Sea and to rhyme with knipovitchi

    Derivatives: Frigua, Frigotchi, Frigatoni (hey, squid tentacles look like pasta! it's the cold pasta squid!)... can we enter more than once? :)
     
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    davelin315 Wonderpus Registered

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    Galeabrachi - Latin words - galea - helmet; brachi - arm (and it also rhymes again!)
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Tonmo knipovitchi
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Love it Jenn!
     
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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes, the idea of Tonmoteuthis (or Tonmonykia, hmmm) has been kicking around in the back of my mind for a while - but I'm not sure I'm well-established enough to get away with it yet. Steve probably could... :roll:
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Cuthulu knipovitchi though I really like Cherrycherry knipovitchi but thats excluded by your 'rules'. :grin:
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Kuboderis knipovitchi
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Had it been a "Diamond" back squid, however... :shock:

    Would that then be Cthulhuia Ia Ia Ftagn!?
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    There are some great suggestions here, props to davelin in particular.

    I think something about the hooks should be incorporated - those are nice lookin hooks! I know teuthis isn't favored here bu Hookyteuthis knipovitch would be my vote.
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Camurteuthis knipovitchi

    camur translates as hook

    Camurstipes knipovitchi

    stipes translates as club
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I have learned a lot about the history of velcro searching for a suitable word for those hooks :wink:
     
  19. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Excellent - the squid that never goes to class! :roflmao: Unfortunately, the word-stems should be Latin or Greek... should have mentioned that, sorry. :roll:

    Looks like Callimachus, Cthulhu and Camurstipes are all available; likewise Kuboderis, which is also nice, although better if he had been involved in this taxon in some way. Jormunganderia's cool but a bit clunky, likewise Frigaquascotia, although Galeabrachia could be good.

    You guys are cool 8-)
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    From Tolweb, this is why I picked Kuboderis (I know he's not the 1st describer or anything, but he's done SO much!)


    Onykia knipovitchi
    Reference Kubodera, T., U. Piatkowski, T. Okutani and M.R. Clarke. 1998. Taxonomy and Zoogeography of the Family Onychoteuthidae (Cephalopoda: Oegopsida). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, No. 586: 277-291.
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