27 thoughts on “How to identify your local trilobites”

  1. Ha… what? It’s not just the title… half of the bugs identified are hilariously wrong. Imagine one of those “comman [sic] cockroaches” scuttling around your kitchen!

  2. Can anyone read the (I assume) Arabic? It’s hard to tell if how much of this is taxonomy fail and how much of it is plain Engrish…

  3. James C. Trager

    It doesn’t appear to be Arabic, in which I know the words for several of these organisms, or of the misnomers.


      1. I am rather conviced that there is very little about which Dr. Trager knows nothing…in other words, he knows entirely too much about just about everything.

  4. A lot of things in China also tend to be this way with animals–I distinctly remember seeing books and things when I went back in 4th grade. There was one picture I remember that labeled a mantidfly as a mantis–not the most egregious error I saw, but still representative of the quantity over quality sort of work that I would say continues to occur in China today.

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  6. Someone Who Likes Your Blog & Photos

    It is indeed Farsi or Persian.
    I can tell you for sure that it has NOT been written by an Entomologist and rather a bad artist/salesman looking to make a few bucks. I can see this is a “sticker book” and on the bottom right corner, it says it as well with the name of the company.
    So I’m sure if you get this to a Persian Entomologist, he/she could correctly identify them and personally call that company to give them hell!

  7. James.C. Trager

    My first clue that it wasn’t Arabic was that the ant word is clearly Indo-European, beginning with the the syllable “mur-” — cf. myrmecos, pismire, etc.
    The words for scorpion and spider are straight borrowings from Arabic, however.
    But that’s all I know. ;~}

  8. Pelican spider or red ant, whatever. Has anyone calculated the cumulative taxon fail here? It would take awhile, but may be a record for one illustration.

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