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Re: Dead Horses?

  • Subject: Re: Dead Horses?
  • From: Don Martinson <llmen@wi.rr.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 10:30:04 -0500 (CDT)

>Very sorry about the accidental quote-only mail I just sent...
>I was only going to comment briefly that the species name "musciverous"
>suggests the meaning "musky"...
>I'm not good enough with my Latin to know if that really IS what it means
>(lots of people have made mistakes with plausible etymologies before, and I'm
>one of them), but it certainly sounds plausible.

Actually, the word musca (singular), -ae (plural), being the Latin 
for fly, I would guess that the name might suggest being attractive 
to flies.   I can't say specifically about Helicodiceros, but for 
many of these, the smell is beyond musky.

Don Martinson
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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