The Ganges river dolphin is not only the only member of its genus, but of its family, Plantanistidae. They are thought to represent one of the earliest divergences within the odontocete (toothed whale) clade, and are some of the first river dolphins. edgeofexistence.org/speci…
The Great auk was a species of flightless birds in genus Pinguinus that lived in the North Atlantic. Penguins, which were discovered later, were named by sailors for their physical resemblance to the great auk. The great auk was hunted to extinction in the mid-19th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There is a real (extinct) species called "Crash Bandicoot". The genus is "Crash" and its only species is "Bandicoot" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Mountain Goats are not actually in the same genus as other goats (Capra). Mountain Goats are the last surviving species of the genus Oreamnos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Tinea is not a taxonomic genus of fungi that infect the human body; Tinea pedis (athlete's foot) is not a species of fungus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der…
Today I learned about Jack Horner, a paleontologist, who along with his research partner discovered a new dinosaur genus which they named Maiasaura. He was the technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films and is now working on the DinoChicken project in hopes to create a dinosaur using chicken DNA. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_H…
The oldest ever archaeological site was found in 2011, lomekwi 3, dated at 3.3 million years old, is 700,000 years older than previous stone tools discovered and predates the genus Homo by 500,000 years; around 150 artifacts found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lom…
Dragonfruit grows on a cactus of the genus Hylocerus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
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…
There have been hybrids of blue jays with Steller's jay from the same genus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The Grimpoteuthis is a genus of pelagic umbrella octopuses known as the dumbo octopuses because they resemble Disney’s elephant Dumbo with their large ear like fins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
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…
Today I learned of Ophiocordyceps. It is a genus of fungi that is known for its parasitism on ants, in which it alters the behavior of the ants in such a way as to propagate itself more effectively, killing the ant and then growing its fruiting bodies from the ant's head and releasing its spores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oph…
The Ohio Buckeye tree (for which the University's mascot is named) and the English Conker tree are both from the same genus, Aesculus, AKA horse chestnut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aes…
, Mekosuchus, a genus of fully terrestrial crocodiles survived until the last species, M. kalpokasi, went extinct approximately 3,000 years ago on the island of Γ‰fatΓ©, Vanuatu with the arrival of humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mek…
All species of snake in the genus Chrysopelea are capable of performing gliding flight, with ranges as great as 100m. The snakes in this genus achieve this by leaping from branches, then sucking in their abdomen and flaring out their ribs, turning their body into a "pseudo concave wing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
There is an extant virus in the same genus as smallpox called Monkeypox which can also infect humans and causes a disease that looks like a milder version of smallpox, with a death rate of up to 10% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned about Issus (genus) the only species with a built in gear mechanism for mobility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iss…
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…
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…
Nightshade is actually genus, not a species and tomatoes and eggplant are species within that genus. britannica.com/plant/nigh…
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 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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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 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…
"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…
The American Bison’s scientific name (genus and species) is merely Bison Bison nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
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…
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 velvet spiders who live underground, named Loureedia - After Lou Reed, guitairst and singer for The Velvet Underground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
There is a genus of snake called Boiga, known commonly as cat-eyed snakes or simply cat snakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boi…
Prior to being given its formal description, the Lythronax tyrannosaur genus was referred to as 'Nipple Butte Tyrannosaur' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyt…
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 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…
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…
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
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…
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…
American singer and songwriter Lady Gaga has a genus of 19 species of ferns named after her. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
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/…
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
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…
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 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…

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