Re: NANFA-- mystery meat 2000

Christopher Scharpf (
Sun, 06 Aug 2000 16:59:29 -0400

>umbra is umbrella,or rain. Maybe Novumbra is November
>rain? I am by no means an expert on latin at all, but after a while pick up
>alot of the stuff. It is really facinating.

Ray's right. Zoological nomenclature is fascinating.

Here's the skinny on Novumbra.

It's based on the Latin umbra, meaning shade, referring to the mudminnow's
preference for cover. The prefix is from the Latin novus, meaning new. Novumbra,
which wasn't described until 1929, means, literally, "new Umbra."

Chris Scharpf

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