Stupid Questions about genus/species

WarIsPeace

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I have been collecting for years, but I've never really gotten into the scientific names, so I need help.

Here is an example:

I have a poecilotheria regalis.
I have a poecilotheria formosa.

QUESTIONS:
1.Is the poecilotheria a genus or family identification?
2.Is the regalis/formosa a species name?

I realize these are silly questions for a series collector, but I've just never gotten into the scientific names. I just call them by their common names.

HELP!!!!!

Fell free to elaborate. I'll print out your responses so I can remember them.

Thanks (in advance).

Please ignore my spelling errors, etc.
 

WarIsPeace

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Thanks, but what does Genus mean? Is that like "family"?

And what does Species mean?

Sorry for the stupid questions, but this is the only way I can learn.
 

WarIsPeace

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Thanks for the help, folks.

If anyone else wants to elaborate, please do. It really does confuse me.

I love Pokies!
 

pelo

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check my previous post...I edited and added an url for further explanation...peace..
 

D-Man

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It's just a scientific name assignment that shows evolutionary classifications (for every living thing). Here's the Mexican Redknee:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Sub-Phylum:Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Aranea
Suborder: Ophisthothelae
Infraorder: Mygalomorphae
Family: Theraphosidae
Subfamily: Theraphosinae
Genus: Brachypelma
Species: smithi (italicized)

From The Tarantual, Lenny Flank, Jr.

Dario
 

WarIsPeace

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Thank you for the link. That will answer my questions.

Thanks a heep, and send me your Pokeys!
 

MrT

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Originally posted by WarIsPeace
Thanks for the help, folks.

. It really does confuse me.

.
Join the confused club.LOL
Your not alone...

Ernie
 

WarIsPeace

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Really, thanks to everyone that responded.

I'll probably still call my "critters" by their common names. It's easier. But you have all helped me, and I appreciate that.

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skadiwolf

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just never get into reptiles. we herpers ignore the Genus completely and go right into Species and subspecies. lol.

deeper and deeper we delve...
 

WarIsPeace

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skadiwolf,
My wife would move out if I brought a snake home, and I'm kind of fond of her and don't want her to leave.

No reptiles for me!
 
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