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has the largest Doctorfish tang range of its genus, which includes 38 species from three oceans?
mushroom has been placed in 14 different Golden-scruffy Collybia genera?
( Chinese box turtle pictured) has at least four common names, and there is debate over its genus classification?
Flammulated Flycatcher (pictured), a tyrant flycatcher endemic to Mexico, was eventually placed in the monotypic genus Deltarhynchus because of its broad bill?
flora of Western Australia (floral emblem pictured) comprises 9437 native vascular plant species of 1543 genera within 226 families?
pipits (species pictured) are a genus, Anthus, of songbirds that evolved in East Asia during the Miocene before spreading around the world?
is only the second species in its Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat genus and the 26th endemic bat species from the Philippines to be described?
is the only Long-tailed Broadbill bird in the genus Psarisomus?
is only found in the Atlantic bumper Atlantic Ocean because its ecological niche is filled by the only other member of its genus elsewhere?
African pompano (pictured), a tropical marine game fish, is not a pompano, but belongs to the genus ?
genus is a Melampitta taxonomic mystery, having been considered at one time either belonging to the pitta, babbler, logrunner, bird of paradise, or cinclosomatid families?
genus includes a Entomocorus catfish species that lives only one year?
genus includes many large Brachyplatystoma species of Amazonian catfish, including one which may reach about 3.6 metres (almost 12 feet) in length?
genus , composed of five species of Platax marine batfishes (, used to include the orbicular batfish pictured) freshwater angelfish?
genus name of the commonly grown Australian garden plants and Dianella caerulea is derived from the goddess D. tasmanica Diana?
prosauropod dinosaur was misidentified at least four times before being recognized as a separate Efraasia genus?
marmoset genus Mico (Mico argentatus pictured) was formerly considered a subgenus of ?
lionfish genus includes Parapterois P. heterura, an attractive species uncommon in the aquarium trade, and the poorly known P. macrura?
, whitefin , Cook's, Australian reticulate , spotted , leopard-spotted , painted , flagtail , speckled , and saddled were all narrowbar swellsharks scientifically described in 2008, more than doubling the number of species in the genus Cephaloscyllium (example pictured)?
Magosternarchus genus of knifefish eats the tails of other knifefish, and many specimens have been found with regenerated tails?
genus is named after the 19th-century Regelia Russian botanist Eduard August von Regel and is found only in Australia?
the number of species in the
rodent genus was reduced from 43 to 5 in 2006?
Oryzomys the number of recognized
species of palm trees in the genus has jumped from 9 to 48 in the last four years?
Hydriastele the prehistoric
badger genus lived during the Late Chamitataxus Miocene and is considered the most primitive badger genus in North America?
torpedo-shaped marine cleaner fish of the genus Elacatinus (pictured) are known as neon gobies due to their iridescent stripes?
when severely disturbed,
catfish of the genus may release a milky-white Acrochordonichthys mucus-like substance that can kill other fish?
two former species of
, Oioceros O. grangeri and O. xiejiaensis, have been recently identified as separate genera?
were originally thought to comprise a single clavarioid fungi genus, they are now classified in multiple orders and families?
, a Oryctodromeus genus of small herbivorous dinosaur from the mid Cretaceous of Montana, is the first dinosaur described as making burrows?
the name of the
Lasiognathus genus of anglerfish (L. amphirhampus pictured), distinctive for its huge upper jaw, derives from the Greek for "hairy jaw"?
species for which the fish genus Carangoides (C. orthogrammus pictured) was originally created is unknown?
the decline of the
gopher tortoise poses a threat to the , which forms the only Florida mouse mammal genus that occurs only in Florida?
Nephila genus of long-jawed orb weaver family of spiders spins gold-colored webs?
sweat bee genus contains six species all known from the Oligochlora Dominican amber deposits on Hispaniola?
the first egg laid in a
clutch by Crested penguins (pictured) of the genus Eudyptes is as little as 60% of the size of the second egg?
the name of the
liverwort genus comes from the Ptilidium Greek word ptilidion for "small feather", a reference to the plant's "feathery" appearance?
the name of the
flowering plant genus refers to its four conspicuous and separate Tetracarpaea carpels?
the ground living
warblers in the genus appear to almost lack a Tesia tail and have very long legs?
genera and Bergerocactus Bergeranthus are named after , a Alwin Berger German botanist best known for his contribution to the nomenclature of succulent plants, particularly agaves and cacti?
Early Cretaceous turtle was the fifth such turtle Caririemys genus to have been discovered in Brazil's Santana Formation?
is a Microphallus genus of parasitic trematode, some species of which are notable for the manipulation of the behaviour and growth of their hosts?
is a Melidectes genus of honeyeater birds endemic to the mountains of New Guinea and New Britain?
is a Hypancistrus genus of catfish with suckermouths, including popular aquarium fish such as the zebra pleco?
is a Momotus genus of green and blue birds with raquet-shaped tails?
, a Polyandrococos genus of palm trees endemic to Brazil, is so named partly because of its hairy tomentum?
is a Thyrocopa genus of flightless moth endemic to Hawaii?
is a Sorubim genus of catfish with shovel-shaped long noses?
is one of the two Prionochilus genera that comprise the flowerpecker family Dicaeidae (Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker pictured)?
is a Washingtonia genus of palm and produces a fruit, eaten by Native American people as a minor food source and by birds?
are the most common member of the Pluma porgies genus in the Calamus Antilles, where they are often used for food?
fishes from the genus are characterised by a curve in their Alepes lateral line?
catfish of the genus are also known as Leporacanthicus because of the presence of very long teeth on their upper jaw?
catfish of the genus can rapidly change their colouration to fit their mood or their surroundings? Dekeyseria
genus includes highly venomous Inimicus benthic stonefishes, such as Inimicus filamentosus (pictured), which use their pectoral fins as legs to walk on the seabed?
moss of the genus has adapted to trap moist air between rows of Polytrichum lamellae?
named a Kirill Eskov genus from the Linyphiidae spider family discovered by him in 1988 after Kikimora, a female spirit in Slavic mythology?
, a variant of ice-minus bacteria genus , are useful in Pseudomonas agriculture, because they can prevent the formation of ice on crops?
is the oldest well-identified Archaeopotamus genus of hippos, having lived 7.5 million to 1.8 million years ago?
, a Weraroa genus of pouch fungi, may represent an intermediate evolutionary stage between underground and above-ground fungi?
Bagrichthys macracanthus, the black lancer, is the only species of , a Bagrichthys genus of catfishes, that is traded in the aquarium hobby?
mountains, a chain of craters, a learned society and a botanical genus are named after ?
Louis Ramond de Carbonnières members of the
genus have a longer body than other Breitensteinia stream catfishes due to an increase in number of vertebrae?
members of the
catfish genus are capable of producing sound?
Auchenipterichthys species in the
fungal genus Wynnea ( have , pictured) W. americana asci that are capped by a hinged operculum?
the 25 species of
comprise just one of over 800 Goodyera genera of orchids?
catfish of the genus are found in fast-flowing hillstreams throughout Batasio South and mainland Southeast Asia?
catfish genus was named after its discoverer, the Steindachneridion Austrian zoologist Franz Steindachner?
catfish genus currently includes Hemiancistrus species of two other undescribed genera?
male and female
Sternarchogiton nattereri knifefish are so different that males were thought to be members of a different genus for 40 years?
because it is difficult to approach, the
nymphalid butterfly was given a Euptoieta claudia genus name which means "easily scared" in Greek?
catfish of the genus is known to jump out of the stream during Helogenes rotenone fishing by locals, and jump back afterwards?
Terminonatator ponteixensis is the type and only species described for , a Terminonatator genus of elasmosaurid plesiosaur from Late Cretaceous of Saskatchewan, Canada?
Horabagrus brachysoma, an endangered species of the genus , has been considered a potential Horabagrus flagship species for media attention to provide a focus for wildlife conservation of inland biodiversity?
species of the catfish genus are Epactionotus endemic to limited geographic areas in Brazil and Argentina?
although it was first classified as a
reptile, the extinct genus Batropetes (restoration pictured) is now known to be a microsaur amphibian?
although the first
Callawayasaurus fossil was discovered in 1962, it was not until 1999 that they were recognized as a separate genus?
genus once included most of the Hesperomys cricetid rodents of the Americas, it is now no longer used?
catfish species of the genus are unusual among Hypophthalmus neotropical fishes because they feed on plankton by straining water over a fine sieve created by numerous long, thin gill rakers?
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Question 1: It plays a pivotal role in
________, the system
of biological nomenclature.
Question 2: In ________, a
genus (plural: genera) is a taxonomic unit (a taxon) used in the classification of living and
Question 3: In
the hierarchy of the binomial classification system, genus comes
above ________ and below family.
Question 4: Similarly, Canis
lupus familiaris is the scientific name for the ________.
Question 5: For example, Canis lupus is the scientific
name of the ________, a species, with the generic name for the
Canis dog and its close relatives, and
with lupus particular (specific) for the wolf
( lupus is written in lower case).
Question 6: In zoology this is the type species (see ________); the generic name is
permanently associated with the type specimen of its