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    Sep 22, 2015, 08:31 AM
    Nomenclature: How to Name New Species of Animals
    Hello, I'm a writer writing a science fiction novel that involves travel to an earth-type planet with its own fauna.

    I would love to have some realistic names for some of the alien animals described.

    I understand that scientific names are typically in Latin, but the naming system escapes me. Could someone help me understand in lamens terms how to name a new species of animal? Perhaps you could give me some examples I could use in my book.

    One species I need a name for is a eight-fingered bipedal amphibian (bipedal in the terrestrial stage). I came up with "Octari" but I have no idea how to turn that into a formal scientific name with two or three parts.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
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    Sep 22, 2015, 05:36 PM
    Try here.

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