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A revision of the genus Chaetocnema of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
By White R.E.
Contr. Am. Ent. Inst. 29: 1-158, 1996
Cite: 740143
the lack of free online access to major revisions is simply shocking :/

Entomology 80-85% of animal life
A sad statement that translates to 80 - 85% of animal life unknown by most people because they don’t have common names.
If common names bring confusion, why haven’t our bird names reverted back to Latin bi-nominals since the 1850’s? Or our butterflies since 1917? Common names are here to stay.

“In contrast, common names of organisms, while not governed by such strict rules (in the ICZN), remain more stable than the scientific names.” states the Entomological Society of America.

What are you trying to protect?

You had to qualify the name CFHQS J2329-0301 with the precursor ‘celestial object’ in order to be understood. The letter-number combination by itself is meaningless. It would certainly keep me from understanding anything. But, then again, I’m just a lowly commoner amateur. And, in the end, isn’t that the point – to keep us that way?

he who wants to learn something does what it takes
100% of animal life is unknown to most people because they don't give a damn.

the logic behind your argument is, like, people want to know Mandarin, but not the bloody hieroglyphs. and math is just an evil conspiracy to keep masses from understanding physics. which is in turn invented to protect the esoteric knowledge about how the universe works.

a name that uniquely identifies the object serves its purpose.
what purpose is served by the so-called ‘common names’ (a misnomer, too; those are just made up), i have no clue. they cover a negligible fraction of animal species anyway. But the lamentable result is clear: they keep some people from learning the scientific names of organisms.

Contr. Am. Ent. Inst.?
Let me guess – Contr. Am. Ent. Inst. is Contributions of the American Entomological Institute? Price of article over $20? As amateurs we should understand what you wrote, right?

Why do you care about free online access? With a Masters in Entomology, you can just write to the author and request a copy, signing with initials behind your name.

The Audubon Society brought birds to us by common name in the 1850’s.
Clarence Weed brought us butterflies by common name in 1917.
The rest of the Entomology field is the last stronghold, the last bastion, keeping the general population from knowing and understanding the natural world.

‘Simply shocking’, indeed.

The rest of the entomology field...
...covers, what? 80%? 85%? of the animal life on the planet
common names bring confusion rather that understanding.
would you argue that calling a celestial object CFHQS J2329-0301 may keep someone from understanding something?
"what the hell does 'Toyota Corolla' mean anyway? say it in plain English!"

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