01 Jul 🦘Our mystery guest is the Parma Wallaby!
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🦘Our mystery guest is the Parma Wallaby!
The scientific name of this animal is 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢.
You might see the scientific name of the Parma Wallaby given as 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢. Sometimes living things can have several different scientific names. This can happen as scientists discover more about the how living things have evolved, and how they are related to other living things.
Sometimes after a discovery, scientists will re-sort a plant or animal into a different grouping and may change the name of a species.
But what happens to the old name? It becomes what we call a synonym. A synonym of a species is a different scientific name that refers to the same species.
So, for our beautiful Parma Wallaby, it’s accepted scientific name is 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢, and 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢 is a synonym.
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