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280 days of Urbpandemonium #158

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Most leafhoppers are tiny inconspicuous things, green or brown flecks living among the foliage. This Gyponana* is a comparative giant, at nearly a half inch, measured against the screen door grid.

* this is another one for the hive mind. Nana seems to mean small, I can't find any reason for gypo. There is another genus called ponana in the same subfamily--probably one derived from the other. There needs to be a field of taxonomic historic etymology to untangle all this.

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temeres
Sep. 1st, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
Gyps is a genus of vultures (eg Griffon Vulture, Gyps fulvus/ so Gyponana might be 'little vulture'. Or not.
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