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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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'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…
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…
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 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…
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
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…
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…
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…
The "flying lizards" of the genus Draco can glide using membranes stretched between their elongated ribs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
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 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 genus name of the Brazilian wandering spider, Phoneutria is derived from the Greek φονΡύτρια, meaning "murderess" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
American singer and songwriter Lady Gaga has a genus of 19 species of ferns named after her. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
The Pieza genus of fly has species called Pieza kake, Pieza pie, Pieza rhea and Pieza deresistans. nytimes.com/2005/02/20/we…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There's a genus of spiders in which each species' name is a palindrome en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
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…
The orchid genus Ophrys employs 'sexual deceit' with male bees to achieve pollination. youtu.be/_uHJGdTgtXE
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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?…
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…
There is a genus of beetles, named Epomis, in which both adults and larvae kill and eat frogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epo…
Theobroma, the genus of the plant that produces chocolate, means "food of the gods" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a genus of ferns named after Lady Gaga en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gag…
Lions, tigers, panthers and leopards are all part of the same genus and can interbreed with one another. actforlibraries.org/are-l…
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…
There is a genus of orchids called Dracula, including the species Dracula vampira en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
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…
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…
There are three different plants called a Chinese Lantern Tree, with completely different genus, appearances, and distributions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Cinnamon comes from tree bark of evergreen trees coming from the genus Cinnamomum huffpost.com/entry/cinnam…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There is a genus called "Han" which contains only one species: Han Solo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
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 is a type of lizard with the genus *Smaug* en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
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…
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…
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…
The genus of the cacao bean, Theobroma, is Greek for "food of the gods". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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 pterosaur genus called 'Aerodactylus', which is named after the PokΓ©mon Aerodactyl en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
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…
There was once a genus of semi-aquatic Sloths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
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…
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 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…
There is a genus of lizards named after the dragon Smaug amnh.org/explore/news-blo…
Cherries are a member of the Prunus genus which also includes almonds, peaches, plums, and apricots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pru…
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…
The African plant Welwitschia is classified the only living genus in its family and order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Onions and other members of the genus Allium can be deadly for dogs, cats, guinea pigs, monkeys and other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Today I learned of Predatoronoops, a genus of spider endemic to Brazil's Atlantic forest. The genus is named after the Predator franchise, and every species in the genus is named after one of the franchise's characters (i.e. Predatoroonops dutch, Predatoroonops billy, etc.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Today I learned of Yandangornis, a dinosaur-era bird that is so unique it is the only member of its genus, family and order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
When the dinosaur genus Syntarsus was discovered to share its name with a previously described beetle, an entomologist facetiously renamed the dinosaur Megapnosaurus, meaning "big dead lizard". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coe…
There is a genus of Hawaiian giant spiders named after film director Orson Welles. It includes 13 species, 11 of which are named after different Orson Welles movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
There is an extinct genus of ape, Gigantopithecus blacki, which stood up to 3 metres(10 feet) tall, weighed as much as 540 kg and have actually been contemporary with modern humans for tens of thousands of years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gig…
Hydrangea is a genus of 70–75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Japan, and Korea. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydran…
Humans are so similar in body structure/genome to baby chimps that scientists now believe humans lost a receptor protein that allowed us to transition from juvenile chimps to adult chimps, leaving us healthier & With larger brain cavities, ultimately allowing us to rise as the superior genus. mun.ca/biology/scarr/Neot…
Megatherium is genus of extinct South American sloth that could weigh up to 6 metric tons (as large as an elephant) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
There is a genus called Crikey and a snail species called Crikey steveirwini named after the famous TV personality Steve Irwin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…

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