Gallopavo (was: Re: fruitbats)
|Date:||Thursday, November 10, 2005, 23:01|
--- In email@example.com, caeruleancentaur
And how do you say, in your conlang(s), the "chicken-peacock", known
in English as "the Turkey" (the bird formerly known as "the Guinea-
Fowl"), and in French as "l'Oiseau d'Inde" or "Dindon Sauvage", and
in Spanish as "Guajalote Norten~o"?
(Scientific name Meleagris gallopavo silvestris
or Americana sybestris auis)
Phylum: Chordata; Subphylum: Vertebrata;
Superclass: Gnathostomata; Class: Aves; Subclass: Neornithes;
Superorder: Neognathae; Order: Galliformes;
Family: Phasianidae; SubFamily: Meleagrididae;
Species: gallopavo; Subspecies: silvestris)
Tom H.C. in MI
> <caeruleancentaur@Y...> wrote:
> Class: Mammalia
> Subclass: Theria
> Infraclass: Eutheria
> Order: Chiroptera
> Suborder: Megachiroptera - 1 family, 166 species; eat fruit, nectar
> or pollen. Navigate by sight. Found only in the Old World
> Control their body temperature tightly.
> Suborder: Microchiroptera - 16 families, 759 species; majority are
> insectivorous, some have specialized in meat, fruit, nectar or
> blood. Broad distribution throughout the world, except for the
> polar regions and certain islands. Navigate by echolocation. Much
> less control over body temperature, many hibernate.
> The Chiroptera are the secondmost speciose order. Only Rodentia
> more species.
> In Senjecan, in many cases, the name of a particular animal is both
> specific and general. The word for "bat" is _peeþmûûsen_, i.e.,
> flying mouse. This is hardly descriptive of fruitbats, but is
> descriptive of the typical bat found in the Urheimat which is the
> noctule bat, Nyctalus noctula. The names of other bats are formed
> by prefixing some descriptive element to the typical word
> _peeþmûûsen_. Affixing the diminutive suffix gives _peeþmûûslen_,
> the pipestrelle bat, P. pipestrellus.
> Fruitbats were unknown until after the dispersion from the
> so a word was coined, _peeþpûcen_, i.e., flying fox. This word is
> an example of prefixing a descriptive prefix to a word denoting a
> known animal.