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Re: NFC: Orangethroat Question?????

Joseph Eisenhart wrote:
>        In the rhealm of Etheostoma spectabile, I've encountered
> reference to a sub species named "squamosum". Is this a location
> moniker, color variety, or true sub species????  My confusion lies in
> the supposition that this word is Native American, rather than Latin.
> Joe---State College, PA

I doubt it's native.

From Webster's:

Main Entry: squa·mous
Pronunciation: 'skwA-m&s also 'skwä-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin squamosus, from squama scale
Date: 15th century
1 a : covered with or consisting of scales : SCALY b : of, relating to, or
being a stratified epithelium that consists at least in
its outer layers of small scalelike cells
2 : of, relating to, or being the anterior upper portion of the temporal
bone of most mammals including humans 



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