I know this whole conundrum over the common names of beings is why the scientific community sticks to the Latin binomial nomenclature. But who wouldn’t want a chance to name (or rename) some animals, plants or fungi just for the fun of it? Of course, there’s always potential for confusion; for example, my “orange social cup lichen” isn’t in the cup lichens (Cladonia) at all, while both the western and eastern red “cedars” are actually a cypress and a juniper, respectively! Oh, and if any of the species I thought didn’t have common names do, in fact, have widely used ones, even if they aren’t in English, I would like to know them.

Species portrayed: Gray wolf (Canis lupus), fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), western red cedar (Thuja plicata), cougar (Felis concolor), “snow-summer rhododendron” (Rhododendron auriculatum), “solar darkling beetle” (Eleodes obscura), “orange social cup lichen” (Xanthomendoza montana), questionable rock-frog (Xanthoparmelia cumberlandia), strange-tailed tyrant (Alectrurus risora), monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana)