Friday, April 4, 2008

What ya got there, words?

Well there's no point getting yourself a fancy education unless you're going to learn some $20 words. Here's a whole group of words I skipped in class but will put here in the optional and amusing section. The fact that all these pollination mutualisms even have terms to describe them amuses me. I wonder if these all originated in the 1960's and 1970's when there was a whole flurry of new terms for ecological concepts? So much so that ecology was once criticized for being the science that was not afraid to call a spade a geotome.

Beetle pollination = cantharophily
Bee pollination = melittophily
Moth pollination = phalaenophily
Butterfly pollination = psychophily
Bird pollination = ornithophily
Bat pollination = chiropterophily

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