Tetrapod Zoology

Please name my flightless pterosaur

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Don’t worry, all will be explained in the next article. But first things first: please provide the flightless azhdarchid with a binomial name. The cleverest and most euphonious wins (and I pick the winner). Please explain derivations and etymologies where appropriate. Good luck.

Comments

  1. #1 John H
    September 19, 2008

    Jar jarius.

  2. #2 Keith
    September 19, 2008

    Giraffasaurus kallitechniphagus

    (Artist-eating giraffe-lizard)

  3. #3 Mike Keesey
    September 19, 2008

    Terrambulator skeksis. The prenomen/genus name is Latin for “land strider”, and, in conjunction* with the species name/epithet, it indicates that it looks like a combination of two creatures from The Dark Crystal.

    * Great Conjunction?

  4. #4 Adam Yates
    September 19, 2008

    Terradactylus aragorn

    “Earth Finger/Strider”

  5. #5 T. Michael Keesey
    September 19, 2008

    One mo’.

    Supercamelliphilus exvolatidotatus, meaning “superior tea-lover* which used to be endowed with flight”. (Apologies to Julie Andrews.)

    * Note the pinkie. Okay, it’s digit IV, but close enough.

  6. #6 Alec T
    September 19, 2008

    Azis anguis
    Azis rhomphaea
    Azis cornucrassus

    Azis derives from the Iranian Avestan word for serpent or dragon, anguis means snake, rhomphaea means long javelin (referring to its beak), cornucrassus essentially means “strong beak” in Latin.

    I’m just throwing things out here

  7. #7 Adam Yates
    September 19, 2008

    replace aragorn with hastanex – the spear of violent death!

  8. #8 Gothy
    September 19, 2008

    Dracocervus terascephalus – Dragon-deer with the monster head

  9. #9 Katharine
    September 19, 2008

    I have a few ideas:

    Terrazhdarchis/Terrazhdarcho apteryx (‘land azhdarchid without wings’), from the obvious fact that it has no wing membranes. Also, ‘aptilon’, which means ‘no sails’.

    So: Terrazhdarchis apteryx, Terrazhdarcho apteryx, Terrazhdarchis aptilon, Terrazhdarcho aptilon, and Paleapteryx terradactyl. (Ancient wingless land finger)

  10. #10 Katharine
    September 19, 2008

    For some especially clever names, try on a few of these:

    Dinocephalus (terrible head – that’s an ugly little fucker), Megastomapteryx (big mouth wingless), Megapalargos (big stork), Megadodo (a slightly damning reference to the dodo), Gigadodo (ibid.), and Helenapteryx (a reference to the fact that it has no wings and the fact that this is an azhdarchid that could launch a thousand ships)

  11. #11 Gothy
    September 19, 2008

    Gigantociconimimus hieronymusboschii – The genus name translates to “Giant stork mimic” and the species name suggests a resemblance to the demons found in the work of Hieronymus Bosch

  12. #12 Katharine
    September 19, 2008

    The ones that aren’t claimed are all but Dinocephalus, and I just realized that Megadodo would be perfect if you want to make an oblique tribute to Douglas Adams’s ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ .

  13. #13 Katharine
    September 19, 2008

    … TERRAZHDARCHIS MEGADODO.

  14. #14 Gothy
    September 19, 2008

    Here is a literary reference…

    Tash inexorbilis – Tash the relentless, after the demon-god of the same name (and similar appearance) in the Narnia books.

  15. #15 AnJaCo
    September 19, 2008

    Dinodactylus styx
    [styx as in the river, where the victims go,
    and just plain ‘sticks’, the critter seems a bit bony dontcha know,
    and not the band Styx, which would be capitalized].

  16. #16 Mike Keesey
    September 19, 2008

    That’s a good one, Gothy. (Although I think you’re missing an “a” — inexorabilis.)

    Image of Tash absconding with a Musl… I mean, Calormen: here.

  17. #17 Mike Keesey
    September 19, 2008

    Got another.

    Nephil camerellus, from Hebrew “nephilim”, a term used to refer to “the great heroes of old” (somewhat similar to Greek “titan”), and is related to the word for “fall”. It’s variously interpreted as “the fallen ones” (i.e., fallen angels or sons of the gods or whatnot) or “those who cause others to fall (in battle)”, either of which seems apropos.

    The species name/epithet is Latin for “chamberlain”, referring to the character of the Chamberlain from The Dark Crystal, which it resembles.

    (You may also notice a punny reference to a certain beaky head of state who ceded part of his dominion.)

  18. #18 tdh
    September 19, 2008

    Looks like a two-man Dippy Bird costume. I’d go with slippered tipper for a nickname.

  19. #19 Andrea Cau
    September 19, 2008

    Whittonia neoaptera

  20. #20 Andrea Cau
    September 19, 2008

    Sorry… without “h”!!!!!!

    Wittonia neoaptera

  21. #21 J.S. Lopes
    September 19, 2008

    Caelicasus digitigradus
    “Fall (casus) from the sky (caeli-)”, “walking (gradus) on toe (digiti-)”

    Since Nephil means also the “fallen one”, it’s a good equivalent. I liked it.

    Megistapteryx caelicasa
    “Biggest wingless”

    Titanopelargon naishi
    Titan Stork (pelargo-)-like being (-on)

    Pelargodraco ambulator
    Stork-Dragon

    Shemhazai ressurrectus

    Shemhazai, the leader of the Fallen Angels; ressurrectus = ressurrectes.

  22. #22 Jerry D. Harris
    September 19, 2008

    Inconcinnius misfortunus — “unfortunate klutz” (L. inconcinnus = awkward, inelegant; L. mis- = bad; L. fortuna = luck, chance. Named because the taxon lost the elegant and beautifully efficient locomotory style of flight in favor of the far less elegant bumbling around on the ground.

    Also possible entry with same intended meaning (but more complex root words): Maladroitius misfortunus.

  23. #23 J.S. Lopes
    September 19, 2008

    The reference to the Hieronymus Bosch monsters is also brilliant!

    Combining two of the names, I sugest too
    NEPHIL HIERONYMIBOSCHI

  24. #24 JS Lopes
    September 19, 2008

    There’s no such Latin prefix MIS-. Mis- is English.

  25. #25 Gothy
    September 19, 2008

    Heh, I often have difficulty spelling the word inexorable.

    Rukhazhdarchis potenscrassus – Roc azhdarchid with the mighty beak

  26. #26 J.S. Lopes
    September 19, 2008

    I like to create names…

    PTOSIMANGELUS BOSCHIANUS
    ptosimos “fallen”, Angelus “angel”, Bosch

  27. #27 Keith
    September 19, 2008

    Hevi onatoppus

  28. #28 Jerry D. Harris
    September 19, 2008

    There’s no such Latin prefix MIS-. Mis- is English.

    Yes, but it’s ultimately derived from the Latin minus. So what’s the Latin word for “misfortune,” then? (I couldn’t find one…) Would it be Inconcinnius afortuna? I’d be happy with that.

  29. #29 neil
    September 19, 2008

    Hellasinus innuendus: the nodding donkey from hell…or Greece…

  30. #30 JS Lopes
    September 19, 2008

    misfortune = infortunatus

  31. #31 Frank
    September 19, 2008

    I have no idea about the second name, perhaps boschii, as a homage to Hieronymus Bosch…

    Geopteron sp.
    Geodraco sp.
    Carniciconia sp.

  32. #32 neil
    September 19, 2008

    Perhaps Innuendus asinus is a bit more euphonious, though it brings to mind someone you might meet at a bar.

  33. #33 Zach Miller
    September 19, 2008

    Bucorvomimus gigas, the giant ground hornbill mimic.

    Hey, works with your pterosaur article, don’t it?

    I like the Dark Crystal reference, but land striders are boring!

    Skeksisia hensoni For The Win!

    How many names am I allowed to come up with?

  34. #34 Tilsim
    September 19, 2008

    Man that was a nice pastime… but how nasty that all the obvious ones are taken. Anyway, I decided to submit Chthonostibes ptychocheirus, i.e. “earth walker with folded hand”. (Yes I know it’s actually the finger, but ptychodactylus was taken too).
    Not sure about the euphony, but at least in English one can ‘silence’ some of the consonants.

  35. #35 Mark Evans
    September 19, 2008

    How about dixoni for the species as a nod to Dougal “After Man/New Dinosaurs” Dixon?

  36. #36 Gray Stanback
    September 19, 2008

    How’s about Apterocursor macrorocephalus-the big-headed wingless runner?

  37. #37 Benjamin Chandler
    September 19, 2008

    Pedefingosomnius porrovisus; the “walking fiction-dream with the long face”

  38. #38 Alec T
    September 19, 2008

    Cateiarostrum tenuocorpus
    Hastatus grallator
    Zurapha gigas

    “Cateia” is a type of spear, so it’s basically “spear-beak thin-body”

    “Hastatus” refers to Roman infantry and grallator is “stilt-walker” (it is already a genus name, however)

    Zurapha is the Arabic word from which giraffe originated, and it means tall.

  39. #39 K. Capach
    September 19, 2008

    Pterocursor sumi “Sumi’s running wing”

    Sumi, one of the mascots of the 2010 Vancouver olympics/paralympics, is part bear part thunderbird. A little childish perhaps but I thought it was cute and a way to honor paralympians.
    It may have lost the ability to fly, but it can still run.

  40. #40 William Miller
    September 19, 2008

    Tellurazhdarcho hallucinomorphus, “hallucination-form earth azhdarchid”.

  41. #41 Zach Miller
    September 19, 2008

    How about we never EVER acknowledge one of Dixon’s horrifying creatures with a binomial reference?

    *thinks back to “The New Dinosaurs”*

    *shudders*

  42. #42 David Marjanovi?
    September 19, 2008

    cornucrassus essentially means “strong beak” in Latin.

    cornu crassum would mean “thick horn”… does it mean “beak”, too?

    ptosimos “fallen”

    Wow! That’s great, because the pt- part is related to flying (I don’t know if that’s the case in Greek itself, though, or only in other Indo-European languages).

    Yes, but it’s ultimately derived from the Latin minus.

    Really? Because we have it in German, too.

    Hellasinus innuendus: the nodding donkey from hell…or Greece…

    If named after Greece, it’d have to begin with Hellado-. And isn’t the other word innuens?

    misfortune = infortunatus

    That’s “misfortunate”.

    Pedefingosomnius porrovisus; the “walking fiction-dream with the long face”

    fingo means “I invent”. somnus alone (note absence of i) would suffice.

    How’s about Apterocursor macrorocephalus-the big-headed wingless runner?

    That’s not “big-headed”, it’s “big-mouthed”, which is even better.

    Zurapha is the Arabic word from which giraffe originated

    Then why write it with ph?

    —————————————————

    OK. Let’s go with Ptosimangelus hieronymi.

  43. #43 David Marjanovi?
    September 19, 2008

    How about we never EVER acknowledge one of Dixon’s horrifying creatures with a binomial reference?

    *thinks back to “The New Dinosaurs”*

    *shudders*

    Wise words.

  44. #44 Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
    September 19, 2008

    Ornithopsis hulkei. Oh, wait, already been done…

  45. #45 Alec T
    September 19, 2008

    Zurafa would work too, I’ll admit I obtained Zurapha from wikipedia :/

  46. #46 Alec T
    September 19, 2008

    Arvocursor antaeus would be “plains-walker” (I think). “Antaeus” fits because he was a legendary giant that was strong as long as he touched the ground and never went into the air, which definitely fits our guy 🙂

  47. #47 jck
    September 19, 2008

    How about Hughsis piceanseris for Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose?

  48. #48 Jerzy
    September 19, 2008

    Azhdarchismok pelargos
    “stork-like anhdarchid dragon” Smok – dragon in several Slavic languages

    Blogospherodactylus atrox
    “terrible finger from blogosphere”

    Dinodododraco blogovox
    “terrible dodo dragon voiced upon a blog”

    Splendodidus dracododo
    “magnificent dodo – dragon dodo”

    Marabudraco magnificens
    “magnificent marabou-dragon”

  49. #49 Jerzy
    September 19, 2008

    PS. My Latin is non-existent.

  50. #50 Zach Miller
    September 19, 2008

    Kind of off-topic question, here. How many pterodactyloids had parasagittal hindlimb postures? In Anhanguera, the femur is offset, and the limbs sprawl pretty significantly. Looks like azhdarchids got around that problem, but did any other groups?

  51. #51 Earrnz
    September 19, 2008

    “Vanapteryx terrestris”, “Useless wing of the land”.
    “Vanapteryx icarii”, “Useless wing of Icarus”.
    “Vanapteryx wilburii”, that one to honour Wilbur Wright.
    “Vanapteryx hypothetica”, well… that’s obvious.
    I don’t speak latin, so those names should be checked.

  52. #52 Alec T
    September 19, 2008

    Just realized it would probably be Ziraafa gigas if spelled correctly.

  53. #53 Leonardo Ambasciano
    September 19, 2008

    > Gunnodoyak hippocamelus, n. g. et n. sp.

    – ETYMOLOGY
    > Gunnodoyak = young helper of the Iroquois’ god of thunder Hinun/Hino. Hinun took him up into his kingdom, armed him, and sent him to fight the Big Water/Great Lake Snake/Reptile which devours mankind. Gunnodoyak himself was devoured but Hinun and his warriors killed the Snake, recovered Gunnodoyak and took him back to heaven.

    > G. hippocamelus = half horse, half camel; mythological animal; see Aus. Ep. 70, 9.

    A perfect geomyhtological nomenclature for a flightless azhdarchid pterosaur.

  54. #54 Alec T
    September 19, 2008

    Zburator is a legendary Romanian dragon, and it’s fitting cause it rhymes with a few cool specific names like
    Zburator percussor (Dragon assassin) or
    Zburator provocator (Dragon challenger)

  55. #55 Tilsim
    September 19, 2008

    It is not often that there is a pterosaur between me and my bed, but I couldn’t help coming back with a Latin one:
    Tollenonicollis frustra-volucer ‘winged-in-vain crane-neck’ (crane the machine, not the bird). There are precedents for posh hyphenated names, although only plants come to mind.
    Other possibilities are Tollenonia collectrix ‘crane-like gatherer’, Trabicollis errabundus ‘wandering beam-neck’, given that they probably had to walk a lot to get a beakful.

  56. #56 Jerzy
    September 19, 2008

    Or:
    Kongamatosomnius grallator
    Stilt-walking Kongamato dream”?

    BTW, Strange why of all names, its Uzbek azhdarch what caught up in paleo world. Hard to pronounce and I’m afraid Uzbeks may write it differently.

    What about names with …gad (Polish for reptile), …zmej (Russian for mythical snake king), …long (Chinese for dragon) or …draak (Dutch for dragon)?

    Gralligad geobates?
    “Stilted reptile running on earth”

  57. #57 DDeden
    September 19, 2008

    Clyde

  58. #58 DDeden
    September 19, 2008

    Sorry… binomial…

    Pterosaurus apterosaurus (clyde)

  59. #59 William Miller
    September 19, 2008

    If we can do multiple entries, then possibly Erichthonios dirarum. Erichthonios (spelled this way because Erichthonius seems to be preoccupied by a crustacean) was a half-reptilian earth-being in Greek mythology. “Dirarum” means “of the Dirae”, a Roman name for the Furies, who were chthonic beings with snake associations themselves.

  60. #60 Alec T
    September 19, 2008

    Oh and sorry for multiple entries. I’m only assuming that’s allowed.

  61. #61 Masao
    September 20, 2008

    Ambulapteryx naishi

  62. #62 Mike Hanson
    September 20, 2008

    Uranopeton pelargoides
    Essentially from Greek meaning fallen from the heavens and stork-form.

    Quote:
    BTW, Strange why of all names, its Uzbek azhdarch what caught up in paleo world. Hard to pronounce and I’m afraid Uzbeks may write it differently.
    What about names with …gad (Polish for reptile), …zmej (Russian for mythical snake king), …long (Chinese for dragon) or …draak (Dutch for dragon)?

    A big part of it has to do with Azhdarcho being discovered in Uzbekistan and the first Azhdarchid after ‘Titanopteryx’ to be found to belong to a different clade of pterosaurs, but since ‘Titanopteryx’ was pre-occupied, ‘Titanopterygidae’ fell out of favour and Azhdarchidae is now used for them. Yes, the Uzbeks do spell the name differently, it’s Ajdarxo, Nesov’s spelling is because he used Cyrillic to Latin transliteration for the Russian alphabet on the Uzbek alphabet. Also, Ajdarxo is not the Uzbek word for dragon, it is the name of a specific dragon from Uzbex mythology. It seems everybody gets this wrong and it is probably the second main reason for palaeontologists sticking ‘azhdarcho’ into the names of various azhdarchids, the first being unoriginality.
    “Long” does appear in a number of names here and there, it seems to be becoming something of a trend already.

    That brings me to a little rant. I’m a fan of going back to the old Greek and Latin names, it forces people to be decriptive in their choices and is less susceptible to trends (Montanazhdarcho, Eoazhdarcho, Bennettazhia, grrrr…) than some snazzy new name from some language that is generally unused in nomenclature which really derives from a term that is horribly generic in said language. Like Mei long, a genus name meaning sleep. It will make little sense if a new specimen is ever found that is not in a sleeping position, and will make very little sense if a new species is found that is given a descriptive specific name as opposed to a simple and generic noun.
    People, nomenclature is boring stuff when you get into it and mainly serves so that people can know what they are talking about, so I can understand the desire to have something new-like in the mix, but please, give a name that means something and which doesn’t make people with even remote abounts of linguistics knowledge gag.
    If anyone on earth gives anything one of the following names I am going to declare it the duty of humanity to find the person who gave it beaten the character to a pulp: Dactylodactylus dactylus, Saurosaurus sauriscus, Pteropterus pterus, or Rhynchorhynchus rhynchoides.

  63. #63 Keith
    September 20, 2008

    So I take it you take issue with Tiktaalik roseae?

    (Tiktaalik is one Inuktitut-dialect name for the present-day burbot.)

  64. #64 William Miller
    September 20, 2008

    The ultimate name in that style might be Dirudirusdirigor diadiripidiri.

    “Director of terrible destroyers with a through-ripping neck”.*

    Now someone just needs to find a specimen to give this jewel of a name to. Preferably something tiny and inoffensive. {mad scientist mode} Hey, can’t it be given twice – once to an animal and once to a plant? Bwwaahhahahahah…. {/ mad scientist mode}

    Can we call the flightless pterosaur this?

    *From diruo – destroy, diripio – tear apart, dirigo – direct, dirus – terrible, and the Greek roots dia – through and the “dir” root meaning neck in Ornithodira.

  65. #65 Amplexus
    September 20, 2008

    Biggus Dickus

  66. #66 Rutger Jansma
    September 20, 2008

    Ciconiamimus careovolans (Flightless Stork-imitator)

    Genus name derived from:

    Ciconia is a genus of birds in the stork family

    Mimus meaning “mimic”, as found in the ornithomimids.

    Species name derived from:

    careo, carere, carui, caritus V (2nd) 2 1 [XXXAO]
    be without/absent from/devoid of/free from; miss; abstain from, lack, lose;

    volatus, volatus N (4th) M 4 1 M [XXXDX]
    flight;

  67. #67 Aranae
    September 20, 2008

    Argeiphontes as either the genus name or the specific epithet.

    It’s the most common epithet for Hermes in the Homeric epics. Hermes is regularly depicted as having wings on his feet. It refers to Hermes’s giant-killing reputation.

  68. #68 Dr. Nick
    September 20, 2008

    The English prefix mis- is entirely Germanic and has no connection to Latin minus: compare German miss- as in missverstehen ‘misunderstand’.

  69. #69 Jaime A. Headden
    September 20, 2008

    For pure flow and allusion, I love Keesey’s original Terrambulator skeksis.

    I would like to note that if I recall correctly, the Biblical “nephil” may derive from Hebraic “naphal” (to fall), as derived from Aramaic “nphal” (fall, it falls), and “nephel” (untimely ended, fallen, aborted). I’m not sure the connotation here is one who has fallen, but survives…. The Hebrew nephilim were supposedly unredeemable, and the Biblical inferrence may raise hairs.

  70. #70 Dr. Nick
    September 20, 2008

    A little surprised some of these weren’t taken:

    Chamaeazhdarcho pelargodes (Greek) ‘stork-like ground-Azhdarcho

    Chamaedraco heleiobates (Greek) ‘marsh-walking ground-dragon’

    Pelargotitan altigradiens (Greek/Latin) ‘high-stepping stork-giant’

  71. #71 Wilbert
    September 20, 2008

    Lucifer ambulator

    (the walking fallen angel)

    (I really have no idea whether this is latin or not, probably it ain’t but I know no shame if the price is right).

  72. #72 Andreas Johansson
    September 20, 2008

    Darrendactylus naishi (I’m told flattery works)

    Geodactylus giraffoides (giraffe-like earth-finger)

    Apteranodon cursor (wingless toothless runner; references Pteranodon)

    … and because I’m in a silly mood:

    Peterosaurus dyslecticus (commemorating the fact I used to believe that pterosaurs were named for someone called Peter)

  73. #73 Andreas Johansson
    September 20, 2008

    Lucifer ambulator

    (the walking fallen angel)

    (I really have no idea whether this is latin or not, probably it ain’t but I know no shame if the price is right).

    It’s decent Latin (you might want ambulans “walking” instead of ambulator “walker”) but unfortunately Lucifer is preoccupied by a crustacean.

  74. #74 Wilbert
    September 20, 2008

    Much obliged Andreas

    Maybe terralucifer, hmmm pseudolucifer, nay

    ah

    Then I will call it “Luciferphagus (?) ambulans”

    (wandering fallen angel eater)

    Now I’m pretty sure Luciferphagus is not proper latin. But again when they scream jump, I scream back how high !

    (Thanks for the tip (ambulans) Andreas

  75. #75 Valentin
    September 20, 2008

    Well, Megadodo got my vote 🙂
    or something like Archeocasoar, or the latin for “unuseful long finger”

  76. #76 Mark Lees
    September 20, 2008

    Damn – someone has already come up with Ambulapteryx which is for all practical purposes the same as my idea Ambulopteryx (‘walking wing’), which to me seems the obvious choice for a flightless pterosaur that uses it’s forelimb in walking.
    ‘Gradopteryx’ – would I think mean the same thing, but doesn’t sound as pleasant.

    Both these mix Latin with Greek -which is permitted, but seriously goes against the grain.

    ‘Peripatopteryx’ would be ‘walking wing’ entirely in Greek. Not as easy as Ambulopteryx, but could be the basis of a good tongue-twister. – ‘The portly peripatatory Peripatopteryx perambulated precarioulsy past the precipice’ – needs a bit of work, but try it very fast after about 4 pints of a decent beer.

    The Latin for wing doesn’t work well for a purely Latin version.

    All things considered I think Ambulopteryx / Ambulapteryx is the most euphonius despite being a Latin-Greek hybrid. I would go for Ambulopteryx, because the ‘apteryx’ bit of Ambulapteryx could be taken to mean ‘without wing’ (resulting in it being read as ‘walking without wing’) which is not what is intended.

    Having said that it is longtime since I did Latin classes (kids today don’t even have compulsory Latin lessons! – what is the world coming too?) – and my Greek was only very basic and koine not classical – so there may well be mistakes here.

    For the specific name, maybe ‘altus’ (high/tall), or maybe something based on ‘geranos’ (Grk: crane) or ‘pelargos’ (Grk: stork).

    Masao – ‘naishi’ was a shameless attempt to bias the judge – how could you do that? and more to the point, why did no one else think of it? 😉

    The use of nephil is interesting, but while the derivation is from the Hebrew for fall, I thought most sources interpret the word ‘nephilim’ (plural) as meaning ‘those who cause others to fall’ or ‘fellers’ rather than ‘fallen’.

  77. #77 Tilsim
    September 20, 2008

    Hmm… maybe our gracious host should consider numbered comments?

  78. #78 Andreas Johansson
    September 20, 2008

    Tollenonicollis frustra-volucer ‘winged-in-vain crane-neck’ (crane the machine, not the bird). There are precedents for posh hyphenated names, although only plants come to mind.

    That’s because the ICBN is a lot more liberal wrt hyphens than the ICZN; frustra-volucer would have to be amended to frustravolucer under the later.

    Now I’m pretty sure Luciferphagus is not proper latin. But again when they scream jump, I scream back how high !

    If you put in a connecting o – Luciferophagus – you have a perfectly passable Graeco-Latin compound.

  79. #79 Jerzy
    September 20, 2008

    @Mike Hanson

    I thought it might be practical to name taxons with fixed ending to give idea what they belong to. X-saurus is used for extinct reptiles (so many people find Basilosaurus confusing), X-dactylus is for pterosaurs etc. You still have infinite possibilities in the first half of generic name.

  80. #80 John Conway
    September 20, 2008

    you know what’s coming….

    Ropen ropen.

  81. #81 David Marjanovi?
    September 20, 2008

    There are precedents for posh hyphenated names, although only plants come to mind.

    That’s because the zoological code has abolished the hyphen, except in names that refer to the shapes of letters (like c-album “white C”).

    So I take it you take issue with Tiktaalik roseae?

    I do — because the first e and the a in roseae are the same thing.

  82. #82 andy
    September 20, 2008

    Camelopardalopelargos apteryx

    Non-winged giraffe-stork.

    (I think, I haven’t studied classics for a while)

  83. #83 Traumador the Tyrannosaur
    September 20, 2008

    maestitiavolatus

    or in english Dejected Flyer

  84. #84 J.S. Lopes
    September 20, 2008

    Cameloparderodius decasus

    Camelopardus “giraffe”; herodius “heron”; decasus “fallen”

  85. #85 Jenny Islander
    September 20, 2008

    Terradactylus aragorn

    “Earth Finger/Strider”

    Actually, that would be Terradactylus telcontar.

  86. #86 Tilsim
    September 20, 2008

    As the decision is not yet in, I’d like to use two more inches of internet space to suggest Spathops cyphagogus ‘swordblade-face walking with lowered head’. Not that this animal had any reason to be ashamed, mind (kufagogos denoted a kind of horse’s gait).

  87. #87 Sergio P.
    September 20, 2008

    Despite some similar ethymologies have been proposed…

    Apterodactylus naishi
    (Naish’ Finger without wing)

    Reference to Pterodactylus

  88. #88 Smnt2000
    September 20, 2008

    Ambulodactylus longirostris; Terrestridraco imperialis; Brachiopteryx inenarrabilis

  89. #89 Dr. Nick
    September 20, 2008

    Thought of one or two more:

    Doratops eleutherodactylus (Greek) ‘free-fingered spear-face’

    Pelargopelor catabeblemenus (Greek) ‘downcast stork-monster’ (the genus name has an interesting rhythm to it, and the species name is in line with the fallen angel theme)

    Also, while Lucifer itself is preoccupied, the Greek equivalent Phosphoros appears not to be.

  90. #90 Dr. Nick
    September 20, 2008

    Crap. Just looked up Greek pelor again and realized it’s neuter. I hereby amend my last entry to:

    Pelargopelor catabeblemenum

  91. #91 Mike Keesey
    September 20, 2008

    “The use of nephil is interesting, but while the derivation is from the Hebrew for fall, I thought most sources interpret the word ‘nephilim’ (plural) as meaning ‘those who cause others to fall’ or ‘fellers’ rather than ‘fallen’.”

    If you look back to my original suggestion, I addressed this. I think the word can be used as a double entendre, where both meanings are appropriate. “Feller” seems to be the original meaning, but it’s picked up another connotation over the millennia.

    (Feller? He ain’t no feller o’ mine!)

  92. #92 Blue Frackle
    September 20, 2008

    Well, I can’t speak Latin, but I believe Camelodraco ciconimimus would mean “stork-mimic camel-dragon”

    Other ideas:

    Brontociconia (thunder-stork)
    Barociconia (heavy-stork)
    Geopteryx (land-wing?)
    Ornithogiraffa/ Avigiraffa (bird-giraffe)
    Brachiopteryx (arm-wing)
    Ciconiidraco (stork-dragon)

    How can I say “non-flying”, avolans???

  93. #93 Alec T
    September 20, 2008

    Bibulaves ebriolus (thirsty-bird that is tipsy) [a reference to dippy birds]
    Machaeros mucronis (sword-mouth sharp point)
    Capillatus pennipes (Hairy wing-footed)
    Advenaves venustus (Foreign lovely bird)

  94. #94 Mike from Ottawa
    September 20, 2008

    Ciconimimus dinosaurophagus

  95. #95 Richard Simons
    September 20, 2008

    I am impressed by the flood of Latin and Greek. I was thinking more along the lines of Pterosaur nosoar.

  96. #96 Masao
    September 21, 2008

    @Mark Lees

    I used “apteryx” because I thought that upper and lower arm bones without a membrane weren’t a wing. Anyway, I stole the idea for the name from Ambulocetus.

    I added “naishi” because I’ve seen (not written) so many manuscripts in which the authors try to flatter the reviewers by mentioning their names and studies prominently in the discussion. I thought it was good for a laugh!

  97. #97 wilbert
    September 21, 2008

    any Thanks to Andreas and Dr.Nick

    Then mine shall be

    “Luciferophagus/Phosphorus ambulans”
    (Wandering eater of fallen angels/the wandering fallen Angel)

    I know it doesn’t make much sense but who knows maybe it’s diet subsisted out of dying or decaying little flying ‘dragons’ and unlucky individuals of the emerging flocks of dinosaur birds. Masbe it even stood on the beach catching a flying fish of two just for fun.

    Wow maybe I shall follow a latin course somewhere. When I was young, incredible handsome and somewhat innocent I dreaded school nowadays I can study just whatever I want.

  98. #98 David Marjanovi?
    September 21, 2008

    I think the word can be used as a double entendre, where both meanings are appropriate.

    I get the distinct impression that the whole Hebrew part of the Bible consists mostly of doubles-entendres and other puns.

  99. #99 Nathan Myers
    September 22, 2008

    neil gets my vote for the position of Official Cryptozoological Namer, despite that I find Katharine’s “Megadodo” irresistable. Perhaps “Innuendus asinus” could get a “mega” implanted somewhere.

  100. #100 Darren Naish
    September 22, 2008

    .. and 100! I win!

  101. #101 Neil
    September 25, 2008

    Will this be (Specworld’s) Gigantala’s flightless descendant. Saw a post somewhere that they intend to change a portion of the site…

    …imagine having to kill off azhdarchs…

  102. #102 Neil
    September 25, 2008

    ugh… *slaps self*

    didn’t read the latest post on this topic… please accept my sincere apologies.

  103. #103 Graham King
    September 25, 2008

    I liked Tash (as a name I mean!) and the Skeksis/Landstrider idea too. This certainly seems a creature suited to a fantasy world of the imagination.

    Roc orc?
    Orc roc?
    (for the creature’s everyday common name?(combining Sinbad’s giant bird and Tolkien’s nasty goblins, and ‘cos I love anagrams)…

    …to be classicised perhaps as genus ‘Rocorca’?
    (the ending nicely suggests killer whales; another of Darren’s blog-topics here, and appropriate too for azhdarchids’ size and assumed predatory habits).

    I thought I had read that nephilim, plural of nephel, means ‘cloud-born (ones)’…
    But I (or someone) may have got Hebrew from Genesis 6:4 mixed up with Greek: Aristophanes’ play The Birds features as setting Nephelokokkygia (or Nephelococcygia), “Cloudcuckooland”.

    So how about naming your pterosaur ‘Rocorca nephelococcygia’?
    (Giant Bird-Goblin-(whale of a)Monster, from Cloudcuckooland?)

  104. #104 Sordes
    October 11, 2008

    I know the contest is over since a long time, but I just wanted to add another idea for a name:
    “Titanoicarus deastrum” = Titanic Icarus (because Icarus did fly to near to the sun and his wings melted and he fall down to the ground) which came down from the sky.

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