Cheetahs are not considered a big cat because they lack the ability to roar. Cheetahs, the last living member of the Acinonyx genus, lacks the floating hyoid unlike lions, tigers, jaguars, and leopards.(Panthera) cheetah.org/canada/2017/0…
Ginkgo biloba is the only member of its genus, which is the only genus in its family, which is the only family in its order, which is the only order in its subclass. canyouactually.com/this-m…
There is actually 2 distinct species of Red Panda meaning it is no longer considered the only species in its genus. cbc.ca/news/technology/re…
The original version of Trivial Pursuit is known as the Genus Edition π˜•π˜–π˜› Genius Edition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Red Panda, a mammal that lives in the Himalayas & SouthWestern China. The red panda is the only living member of the genus Ailurus and family Ailuridae. Thy are listed as endangered with population less than 10K. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Nightshade is actually genus, not a species and tomatoes and eggplant are species within that genus. britannica.com/plant/nigh…
There was a genus of camels native to North America and its name is from the Greek for "camel-face" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Princess Atta's (from the movie A Bug's Life, 1998) name is a reference to the genus Atta, which includes ants commonly known as leafcutters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_B…
The world's largest known sponge was discovered off the coast of Hawaii. The animal is an unidentified genus of sponge with a bluish-white color and brain-like appearance, around the size of a minivan. cbc.ca/news/technology/gi…
"Pussy willow" is a name given to many of the smaller species of the genus Salix (willows and sallows) when their furry catkins are young in early spring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pus…
Helicoprion is a genus of extinct shark whose fossil specimens reveal spirally arranged clusters of the individuals' teeth called "tooth whorls" that resemble our modern circular saw blades.The shark's blade, connected to cylindrical muscle tissue, would shred prey into small, bite-sized pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Today I learned of the Tibetan blackbird, living in the Himalayas. As a type of bird called a thrush its genus classification is "Turdus" (Latin for "thrush"). And since the Tibetan blackbird is larger than the common blackbird, it has been given the species name "Turdus Maximus." avibase.bsc-eoc.org/speci…
today i learned that there is a genus of plants in the Aizoaceae family that is called Lithops (or living rock) which evolved to camouflage themselves in the surrounding rocks to avoid being eaten by predators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Gooty Sapphire Ornamental is the only blue species of Tarantula of genus Poecilotheria. It is found in Andhra Pradesh India.It is classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) downtoearth.org.in/covera…
There is a genus of snake called Boiga, known commonly as cat-eyed snakes or simply cat snakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boi…
The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid of South America. It is neither a fox nor a wolf. It is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon which literally means "golden dog", and it communicates mainly by scent markings and a kind of "roar-barking." Its urine smells like weed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
All members of the Canis genus (wolves, jackals, coyotes, dholes and lycaons) are genetically compatible, meaning they can have healthy, fertile puppies as if they all belonged to the same species en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The Red Panda, native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, is the only living member of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae nationalgeographic.com/an…
Prior to being given its formal description, the Lythronax tyrannosaur genus was referred to as 'Nipple Butte Tyrannosaur' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyt…
The Ferocactus genus of barrel cacti evolved hook-like spines and shallow roots so they could be uprooted by flash floods, go with the flow, and then re-settle in a place where water accumulates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Today I learned of an newly discovered organism called Lithoredo abatanica that eats stone and excretes sand. It is a shipworm, a group of burrowing animals known for eating woods and related to clams, but so different from known examples that it is both a new species and genus. nytimes.com/2019/06/18/sc…
There is a genus of velvet spiders who live underground, named Loureedia - After Lou Reed, guitairst and singer for The Velvet Underground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Aegilops (a genus of Eurasian and North American plants in the grass family; types of goatgrass) is the longest English word with letters arranged in alphabetical order. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The painful bite of the brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria genus) can cause human males to have an erection. The venom increases nitric oxide which increases blood flow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The American Bison’s scientific name (genus and species) is merely Bison Bison nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), the only species in genus Ondatra, is a medium-sized semi-aquatic rodent native to North America and is found in wetlands over a wide range of climates and habitats. Muskrats mate while underwater and can also hold their breaths for up to 20 minutes underwater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The Japanese stoat (Mustela erminea nippon) is a subspecies of stoat native only to Japan, and there are currently 37 recognized subspecies of stoats in the world. When members of the Mustela genus take on white winter coats, especially stoats, they are often referred to as ermines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
There's a genus of sea cucumbers called sea pigs that live on the bottom floor of every ocean and extract nutrients from the mud. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Today I learned of the Coral Tree. Part of the genus Erythrina, Coral Trees are native to Eastern Mexico, South America, and South Africa. Their uniquely shaped flowers bloom in bright red from February to June. geog.ucsb.edu/take-a-tour…
The genus Amanita contains about 600 species of mushrooms and is responsible for approximately 95% of the fatalities resulting from mushroom poisoning, with the 'death cap' accounting for about 50% on its own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Koalas are marsupials, not bears. But its genus is Phascolarctos, is derived from the Greek words phaskolos "pouch" and arktos "bear". The name Koala comes from Aborigin name 'Gula' meaning 'no water' because they thought it survives without drinking. But they get water from the Eucalyptus tree. wikipedia.org/wiki/Koala
Portia is a genus of jumping spider that feeds on other spiders (i.e., they are araneophagic or arachnophagic). They are remarkable for their intelligent hunting behaviour, which suggests that they are capable of learning and problem solving, traits normally attributed to much larger animals. youtu.be/UDtlvZGmHYk
Today I learned about Acanthamoeba: genus of amoebae that can infect your eyes if you don't wash your contacts correctly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
Orchid bees (Euglossa genus) are native to a broad area of Central America and have been recently introduced to Florida. There are over 250 species of orchid bees and they are typically bright metallic blue, green, coppery, or golden in sheen and color. They feed on the aromatics of orchids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
The red-crested turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus), the national bird of Angola, is one of the more colorful birds in its genus, and its call sounds somewhat like a jungle monkey. Turacos are found in large flocks and feed on fruits. Interestingly, all flock members help new moms with "childcare." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
The red panda is so unique, it has no close relatives. It's the only living species in its genus AND family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Today I learned of the pirate-perch, a small American fish that is unique enough to be the only species in not only its genus, but its whole family. This is in part due to its assemblage of unique traits: among them, it has its cloaca (anus and genital region) just under its head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
The "flying lizards" of the genus Draco can glide using membranes stretched between their elongated ribs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The maned wolf is the largest canid of South America. It looks more like a long-legged fox than a wolf. Genetic studies show that it is neither fox nor true wolf, but a distinct species. It is the only member of its genus, Chrysocyon. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
American singer and songwriter Lady Gaga has a genus of 19 species of ferns named after her. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
The genus name of the Brazilian wandering spider, Phoneutria is derived from the Greek φονΡύτρια, meaning "murderess" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The Pieza genus of fly has species called Pieza kake, Pieza pie, Pieza rhea and Pieza deresistans. nytimes.com/2005/02/20/we…
Poecilotheria metallica is a species of tarantula that it is covered in blue hair. Like others in its genus it exhibits an intricate fractal-like pattern on the abdomen. The species' habitat is just a 100 sq. km (39 sq mi) area in central southern India. No human fatalities have been reported. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
There's a genus of spiders in which each species' name is a palindrome en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Today I learned about Adactylidium a Genus of Mites The pregnant female mite feeds upon a single egg of a thrips, growing five to eight female offspring and one male in her body. The single male mite mates with all the daughters when they are still in the mother. ratburger.org/index.php/t…
A loofah, which is used as a scrubbing sponge in bathrooms and kitchens actually comes from the luffa fruit which is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the cucumber family. thekidshouldseethis.com/p…
Armadillos of the genus Dasypus (the only ones found in the US) give birth to four genetically identical young that split from the same embryo; i.e. they always have identical quadruplets; they are the only known vertebrate animals to exhibit this "polyembryony" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
A number of Homo Naledi fossils, found in a cave in South Africa, have the appearance of having been placed there, but this is almost two hundred thousand years before such activity has been documented in the Homo genus before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
While many have pointed out that the creatures in the Jurassic Park movies called Velociraptor are shown too big and more like Deinonychus; in the 80s these animals were briefly lumped together in one genus, which Crichton researched when the book was written. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The orchid genus Ophrys employs 'sexual deceit' with male bees to achieve pollination. youtu.be/_uHJGdTgtXE
The king cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) is technically not a cobra (doesn't belong to the Naja genus). It's called the king cobra because it kills and eats other cobras. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
Earwigs aren't a species β€” or a genus or family β€” they're an order, Dermaptera, which means that calling something an "earwig" is as specific as calling something a "beetle" or "fly" and less specific than calling something a "butterfly". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
The extremely rare Chorioactic fungus has a disjunct distribution: it is only found in a few forests in Japan and a few counties in Texas at roughly the same latitude. Its appearance gives it the name 'the Devil's Cigar' and then splits into a star shape as it matures. It is unique to its genus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Zuul is a genus of herbivorous ankylosaurine dinosaur named after the demon and demi-god Zuul, the Gatekeeper of Gozer, featured in the 1984 film Ghostbusters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuu…
Gyromitra genus of mushroom is toxic because after ingestion the body converts a chemical in it to Monomethylhydrazine...rocket fuel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyr…
The Brontosaurus dinosaur was discovered in 1879. In 1903 it was found to be the genus Apatosaurus, which took priority by being first described in 1877 (oldest name has priority). This meant the Brontosaurus never existed, until a 2015 study proved they were not the same dinosaur genus. scientificamerican.com/ar…
There's an extinct synapsid species named Bulbasaurus phylloxyron (phylloxyron means razor leaf), whose genus name comes from its bulbous nasal structures and not the Pokemon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Dinosaur names like "Triceratops", "Stegosaurus" and "Velociraptor" are just the name of the Genus they belong to, and the actual species' names are "Triceratops prorsus", "Stegosaurus stenops" and "Velociraptor mongoliensis". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Titanoboa, an extinct genus of snake that lived around 58 million years ago and which could grow up to 12.8 meters and 1,135kg wikipedia.org/wiki/Titano…
An unrelated genus of bipedal human-like apes, Paranthropus, co-existed with early human species such as Homo erectus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
There's a genus of beetle called Ytu and that there's a species within that genus called Ytu brutus. jstor.org/stable/4000121?…
Lions, tigers, panthers and leopards are all part of the same genus and can interbreed with one another. actforlibraries.org/are-l…
Lystrosaurus was the most dominant land vertebrate genus ever. During the P.-T. Mass Extinction many predators and other herbivores went extinct. Without competition it could thrive and fossil records suggest that in the early Triassic 95% of all terrestrial vertebrates were Lystrosaurus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lys…
Theobroma, the genus of the plant that produces chocolate, means "food of the gods" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a genus of beetles, named Epomis, in which both adults and larvae kill and eat frogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epo…
In 2011 a fossil of a new genus species of Dinosaur called the Nodosaur was found in Canada with it's body mostly intact and its skin still on. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Torpedoes (the naval weapons) are named after the Torpedo genus of electric rays. The word is derived from the Latin word 'Torpidus' which mean 'numb' or 'paralysed'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
The misidentified species of Arrhinolemur scalabrinii, classified for over 100 years as a primate without a nose, was actually a member of Leporinus, a genus of fish. today.oregonstate.edu/arc…
There is a genus of ferns named after Lady Gaga en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gag…
There is a genus called "Han" which contains only one species: Han Solo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
There is a genus of orchids called Dracula, including the species Dracula vampira en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
There is an extinct genus of ape, Gigantopithecus blacki, which stood up to 3 metres tall, weighed as much as 540 kg and have actually been contemporary with modern humans for tens of thousands of years. (Sorry if repost) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gig…
Plants of the Fenestraria genus produce optical fibers made from crystalline oxalic acid to transmit light to subterranean photosynthetic sites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fen…
The Brontosaurus once was considered to have never existed but has recently been declared to have actually existed. It was thought to have been in the same genus as the Apatosaurus but recent discoveries have separated the two as distinct scientificamerican.com/ar…
Despite brilliant pure blue being a color that is difficult to find in nature, the wings of the Morpho genus of neotropical butterflies display it...and also despite the fact that their wings actually bear no blue pigment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Today I learned about the spider genus Loureedia, named for it's "velvet-like hairs" and because it lives underground. sci-news.com/biology/arti…
Cinnamon comes from tree bark of evergreen trees coming from the genus Cinnamomum huffpost.com/entry/cinnam…
There are three different plants called a Chinese Lantern Tree, with completely different genus, appearances, and distributions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Entomologist Neal Evenhuis has gained infamy by bestowing scientific names such as *Pieza kake*, *Pieza pi*, *Pieza deresistans*, *Reissa roni* and *Phthiria relativitae* as well as naming a genus after Carmen Electra. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nea…
Booby is a seabird in the genus Sula of the Sulidae family. Their English name originated from the Spanish slang term "bobo" which means stupid as they would land on sailing ships and then be captured and eaten. They hunt by diving from heights into the sea catching their prey underwater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
The long extinct Dire Wolf (Canis Dirus, "fearsome dog") is the largest species of the genus Canis known to have existed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir…
In the year 2000 a new type of ant was found in the Amazon. It was so unlike anything previously recorded that it was not only recognized as a new species, it also became the sole member of a new genus, AND subfamily. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The only undisputed fossil example outside of Africa for the Lycaon genus (African wild dog aka painted wolf) for any period, is a mandible with three permanent molars, found in 1997 in a cave in Israel. researchgate.net/publicat…
Potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants are all members of the plant genus Solanum, which they share with the poisonous nightshade plants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
There's a whole genus of spiders whose scientific names all derive from characters from the movie "Predator" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Paleontologists now believe the Brontosaurus may have actually existed, after it was believed to have been the same genus as the Apatosaurus for over a century. wired.com/2015/04/scienti…
There is a type of lizard with the genus *Smaug* en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
Today I learned about Aachenosaurus, a genus of plant that was named after fossilized wood was mistakenly identified as a dinosaur fossil. The discoverer, Gerard Smets, was so embarrassed by his mistake that he withdrew from science completely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aac…
The extinct Anthroponis is the largest known genus of penguin. Adults are believed to have reached heights of up to 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) and weighed about 90 kg (200 lbs). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
An Australian researcher discovered the fossil of an ancient fish so bizarre that he referenced a local hallucinogen (Pituri) when he assigned it a scientific name (Genus Pituriaspis) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
There is a pterosaur genus called 'Aerodactylus', which is named after the PokΓ©mon Aerodactyl en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
The genus of the cacao bean, Theobroma, is Greek for "food of the gods". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There was once a genus of semi-aquatic Sloths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The Aardvark is the lone species in its genus which is the lone genus in its family which is the lone family in its order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned of the Elasmotherium, an extinct genus of rhinoceros, that is thought to be the origin of unicorn myths and legends scienceheathen.com/2012/1…
Today I learned about a genus of Hawaiian spider known as "Orsonwelles," named in honor of the actor, with many of the species names being references to Welles' oeuvre (e.g. "Orsonwelles othello" and "Orsonwelles polites" with polites being Greek for "citizen") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
There is a genus of plants named after Lady Gaga. The plant had the base pair sequence guanine, adenine, guanine, adenine in its DNA. According to biologists, who where great fans of Born This Way, the ferns bear a close resemblance to Gaga's costume for 52nd Grammys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gag…
The African plant Welwitschia is classified the only living genus in its family and order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Leopards (Panthera pardus) are actually a type of panther. The name leopard reflects that in antiquity, leopards were believed to have been a combination of a lion (leo) and a panther (pardos). In reality, the genus Leopardos are the small spotted cats like the ocelot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…

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