[LMB] Moose Moose Moose (but no Squirrel) , OT:

Bo Johansson bo at dendarii.com
Thu, 12 Aug 2004 09:57:30 +0200


On Thursday, August 12, 2004 6:54 AM [GMT+1 (or +2)],
MegJ wrote:

> Marna sends us lovely pictures:
>> Elk:
>>
>> Canada:
>
http://pasture.ecn.purdue.edu/~agenhtml/agenmc/canada/images/elk.gif
>
> Yes, elk.
>>
>> Norway:
>> http://odin.dep.no/ud/html/brosjyrer/norway/b_elk.html
>
> Looks like a moose to me.

But it is called elk in Europe, many North American animals got
the "wrong" name when they were named by English immigrants
(mostly townspeople).

Alces alces  (Elk, Elch, Aelg,  am. Moose) both Europe and N.
America
 http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Alces_alces.html

Cervus elaphus (Red deer, Wapiti,  am. Elk) both Europe and N.
America
 http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Cervus_elaphus.html
 http://www.desertusa.com/mag00/may/papr/elk.html

Rangifer tarandus (Reindeer,  am. Caribou) both Europe and N.
America

http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Rangifer_tarandus.html

Odocoileus virginianus (am. Whie-tailed deer) N. and S. America
 http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/june/papr/wtdeer.html

One little question: When N. Americans say "Deer" do they mean a
specific species of deer, or can it be any of the Cervidae (or
Cervinae)?

// Bo Johansson