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This is Not a Weasel By Philip B. Mortenson

This is Not a Weasel
by Philip B. Mortenson

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How to tell a bison from a buffalo-not to mention a yam from a sweet potato Here's a book for anyone who's ever wondered about the difference between a crayfish and a crawfish. Or a frog and a toad. Or a buzzard and a vulture. Animal taxonomy is not what you'd call an exact science, and the field is lousy with all sorts of confounding terms.
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This is Not a Weasel: A Close Look at Nature's Most Confusing Terms by Philip B. Mortenson

How to tell a bison from a buffalo-not to mention a yam from a sweet potato Here's a book for anyone who's ever wondered about the difference between a crayfish and a crawfish. Or a frog and a toad. Or a buzzard and a vulture. Animal taxonomy is not what you'd call an exact science, and the field is lousy with all sorts of confounding terms. In this entertaining, highly useful reference, Philip Mortenson takes on a wide-ranging list of monikers, from plants to higher mammals. Reviewed by an impressive cadre of experts, the book lays to rest any lingering confusion over the distinctions between seemingly related-yet crucially distinct-terms, such as mushroom and toadstool; moss and lichen; crocodile and alligator; skate and ray; turtle and tortoise; and mink, sable, ferret, ermine, stoat, and weasel. Everyone from the language lover to the nature buff will be charmed by this book. Philip B. Mortenson (Minneapolis, MN) studied the philosophy of science at the University of Minnesota.

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This is Not a Weasel Reviews


"Pedants rejoice as Morenson sets verbal misapplication in his sights and lets loose a broadside of correction and proper vocabulary..." (Focus, May 2004)

About Philip B. Mortenson


PHILIP B. MORTENSON studied the philosophy of science at the University of Minnesota. This Is Not a Weasel is his first book.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. NOMENCLATURE AND TAXONOMY. Nomenclature (Scientific; Common). Kingdom; Phylum; Class; Order; Family; Genus; Species. 2. PLANTS. Bulb; Corm; Tuber; Root. Corn; Maize. Evergreen; Deciduous; Broadleaf; Coniferous. Fruit; Vegetable. Grass; Reed; Sedge; Rush. Hardwood; Softwood. Heath; Heather. Mold; Mildew. Moss; Lichen. Mushroom; Toadstool. Muskmelon; Cantaloupe. Onion; Scallion; Shallot; Leek. Pine; Fir; Spruce. Redwood; Sequoia. Sap; Resin; Pitch; Gum. Spine; Thorn; Prickle. Spore; Seed. Sweet Potato; Yam. Tree; Shrub; Bush. 3. TERRESTRIAL INVERTEBRATES. Insect; Spider; Crustacean. Bee; Wasp; Hornet; Ant. Bug; Beetle. Centipede; Millipede. Dragonfly; Damselfly. Grasshopper; Locust; Cricket; Katydid. Mite Chigger; Tick; Louse. Butterfly; Moth; Skipper. Caterpillar; Grub; Larva; Maggot; Nymph. 4. AQUATIC LIFE. Clam; Oyster; Mussel; Scallop; Bivalve; Lampshell. Flounder; Halibut; Turbot; Sole. Herring; Sardine; Pilchard; Anchovy. Lobster; Crayfish; Crawfish; Scampi. Marlin; Swordfish; Sailfish; Spearfish. Minnows; Suckers; Other Small Fish. Sharks; Other Fish. Shrimp; Prawn; Krill. Skate; Ray; Shark. Squid; Octopus; Cuttlefish. 5. AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES. Amphibian; Reptile. Alligator; Crocodile; Caiman. Frog; Toad. Newt; Salamander; Eft. Python; Anaconda; Boa Constrictor. Snake; Lizard; Skink. Turtle; Tortoise; Terrapin. 6. BIRDS. Blackbird; Grackle; Crow; Raven; Rook. Buzzard; Vulture. Hawk; Falcon. Crane; Heron; Egret. Grouse; Ptarmigan; Quail; Partridge. Gull; Tern. Pigeon; Dove. 7. MAMMALS. Mammal; Marsupial; Monotreme. African Elephant; Indian Elephant. Vicuna; Guanaco; Alpaca; Llama. Antelope; Deer; Pronghorn. Antler; Horn. Ape; Monkey (Old World; New World). Ass; Burro; Donkey; Hinny; Horse; Jackass; Jenny; Mule. Bat; Rabbit; Rodent. Bison; Buffalo (Cape; Water). Bobcat; Lynx; Wildcat. Brown Bear; Grizzly; Kodiak. Camel; Dromedary. Caribou; Reindeer. Coyote; Dog; Wolf. Dolphin; Porpoise; Whale. Dugong; Manatee; Seacow. Elk; Moose; Red Deer; Wapiti. Ermine; Ferret; Fisher; Marten; Mink; Polecat; Sable; Stoat; Weasel. Goat; Sheep. Great Cats; Lesser Cats. Hare; Rabbit. Jaguar; Cougar; Leopard; Panther. Kangaroo; Wallaby; Wallaroo. Seal; Sea Lion; Walrus. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

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GOR001085850
This is Not a Weasel: A Close Look at Nature's Most Confusing Terms by Philip B. Mortenson
Philip B. Mortenson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
2003-10-30
272
0471273961
9780471273967
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