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Re: Saying it correctly
>And why a silent "g" in "Gnathochromis = Nath-o-CHROME-iss"
>It's silent in English, not Latin.
Gnatho is Greek, not Latin. Not all scientific names are pure Latin, even
though they are often referred to as "Latin names". For example, swordtails
belong to the genus Xiphophorus, which comes from the Greek Xiphos, meaning
"sword". Other names can come from "Latinized" surnames (e.g., Echinodorus
horemanii), geographic names (Aponogeton madagascariensis) and native
American words (Salvelinus namaycush), etc.