I think my favourite binomial names fall into one of two groups: those where the genus name and the species name are the same, and those where it’s name has old school Roman or Greek origins, more specifically where it’s name is a combination of two other animals.
As such I like:
- Rattus rattus
- The Camel Leopard
- Bison bison (especially Bison bison bison)
- The Sparrow Camel
- Gorilla gorilla gorilla (for Final Fling fans see also…)
- and Basilicus basilicus
Leopard itself gets an honourable mention for being the offspring of a Lion and a Pard.
I’d kind of hoped my binomial name list would be more extensive but as I can hear birdsong I think I should retire – hopefully I’ll add to my list over the next few days.