Full Title: Pokemon: Scientific Classification (39% Done, as of Gen V)
Sub-Title: Summer 2009 Boredom Project
Re Sub-Title: Holy crap, has it been four years since I've worked on this?
So I find myself rather bored this summer...rather REALLY bored. So bored...I find entertainment, here, in giving scientific names to Pokemon...and yes, I DO plan on completing all 493. Post-Edit: Gen V has come and gone since I started this, and Gen VI is on the way. I will attempt to do them all.
I understand some, if not most of these are not really grammatically accurate, compared to true Latin, but it's more about having fun, to me. I mean, they're just names.
I have commented on the names for each below. (This section will NOT contain the comments for all which I name, but only the ones for which I have most recently added)
Wobbuffet- So, I had some trouble deciding on a genus name for both Wobbuffet and Wynaut. In the end, I decided to reference their being based on the Okiagari-koboshi doll. These dolls are a reference to perseverance, so "Persto" can mean that and "pupae" can refer to a doll (I think I'll reuse it for Darumaka/Darmanitan). "Adparere" can refer to something that is apparent, evident or visible, referring to Wobbuffet's other reference, "That is the way it is!"
Girafarig- I'm going to take Bulbapedia's word that the Giraffokeryx is the best representation of what Girafarig is like. Plus it looks a bit cooler than just "Giraffa." "Cerebellum" refers to the brain or thought process, and "duo," as you can guess, means two--so "two brains."
Pineco/Forretress- Pokemon does not want for bagworm Pokemon. I kept the important existence of the Burmy family in mind when making this decision; "Psychidae" is the family name for bagworm moths. Despite the fact that there's only one actual bagworm moth in Pokemon, I think its okay for them to share the name, so all five will be Psychidae--what a cool name, too! "Pinus," no jokes please, is the genus name for Pine trees, and "semen" is the Latin word for seed. I SAID NO JOKES. "Aesculus" is the genus name for the horse chestnut, and "semen" remains the same.
Dunsparce- "Terraserpens" is a combination of "terra" and "serpens," meaning "land" and "snake" respectively, which is Dunsparce's in-game species name. Not Latin-based, but "Tsuchinoko" is the name of the mythical creature Dunsparce is likely based on. I think that's a more fitting name than something cobbled-together by me.
Gligar- The trouble with this one is the fact that I had to keep Gliscor in mind. Gligar and Gliscor are so similar, it was difficult to think of a shared family name for both, then two separate species names. In the end, I decided on "Coeliformido" as the family name; a combination of "Coeli" meaning air, and "formido" referring to something that is terrifying--"air terrors," you could say. I decided on "Volanscorpiones" for Gligar's species name. "volans" refers to something that soars through the air--a little more accurate than straight-up flying. "Scorpiones" is the order name for scorpions--Gligar's in-game species name is "fly scorpion." Similarly, I'll probably use some kind of "fang scorpion" for Gliscor, which is its own in-game species name.
Steelix- Steelix picks up the "living rock" family name, which Onix shares. Steelix's species name is pretty much the same as Onix. "Adamas" refers to iron or steel (or something as hard as iron or steel), and "serpentes" still means snake.
Snubbull/Granbull- So, I hit a problem with this family that may prove troublesome in the future; there's no real translations of fairies, or many of its related words (pixie, sprite, fay), except "nymph," which is only partially related to some, and not all. When I get to more fairy-types down the line, this might be a problem. Both Snubbull and Granbull are called "Fairy Pokemon" and are both based on bulldogs, and not much else, so I didn't have a whole lot to go on in names. This might get confusing when I get to the legendary dogs, so I might look into alternate names. It's also a reference to Growlite/Arcanine in the previous generation, which were "Canisflamma." Anyway, there were a few good names meaning snub or snub-nosed, for Snubbull, so I settled on "simulum." "Magnadens" is a combination of "Magna," meaning big or large, and "dens," referring to teeth. It's got big teeth. Sure.
Qwilfish- "Diodontidae" is the family name for Porcupinefish, better known as blowfish--that's an easy one. "Toxicimina" is a combination of "Toxici," referring to poison (since Qwilfish is a poison-type) and "mina," referring to mines, since Qwilfish also resembles a navel mine.
Scizor- Didn't think about this when I named Scyther, and picked a family name that had to do with scythes, then I get to Scizor which has no scythes! But the two are equal and different enough to justify a new genus name, while keeping the same species name (like Marill/Azumarill). "Scindere" means to tear, split or cut into pieces ... since there's no real thing for scissors, like there is for scythes. "Mantis," again, is the genus name for a species of mantises.
Shuckle- I was a bit worried about Shuckle, since it's based on fungus, rather than a plant or animal, which are more clearly defined. There wasn't any one fungus/mold I could attribute it to, so I worked with the fact that it lives in stone/is part rock-type. "Scopulus" refers to rocks or stone, and "fungi" is obvious--Shuckle is a stone fungus. "Dacrima" refers to sweet nectar or sap, a reference to honeydew (sweet liquids, not quite honey, produced by insects). "Artifex" refers to an originator of a craft, or a "maker." So, Shuckle is a "sweet nectar maker." Good 'nuff.
Heracross- I used the same family name as Pinsir, since the two are pretty closely related. To remind you, "Pugnatorbestiola" basically means, "fighting bug." "Dichotoma" is taken from the species name of the Japanese rhinoceros beetle, the closest real world equivalent for the "Heracross beetle."
Sneasel- It was kinda liberating stepping slightly out of bounds of Latin for Pokemon like Xatu and Dunsparce, so I did it once again for Sneasel (and Weavile) by giving them the genus name of "Kamaitachi," a Japanese mythical beast which is basically a scythe-clawed weasel. It sounds fitting and nice, and keeps me from over-stretching weasels among Pokemon. "Nigra" means black (and can also refer to "dark" and "unlucky"), while "felis" is cat. I think I'll be safe giving the black cat title to Sneasel, since we don't have any others yet. If one is introduced in a future generation, I'll probably edit Sneasel.
Teddiursa/Ursaring- I wanted to, if I could, use the same genus name between Teddiursa/Ursaring and Cubchoo/Beartic. Thus, I settled on the basic "Ursus," which is the genus name for bears. Bulbapedia referenced Teddiursa and Ursaring possibly being partially based on the Ursa Minor and Ursa Major constellations, so I just face-lifted these names for each's species name. It may sound a little redundant with "Ursus," but real-world scientific names can be just as redundant; check out the trinomial name for the American Plains Buffalo.
Slugma/Magcargo- I briefly entertained the idea of coming up with a genus name that could be shared by Slugma/Magcargo and Shellos/Gastrodon. However, I decided they were different enough to not warrant doing so. "Lavae" very clearly refers to lava, while "gastropoda" is the class name for slugs and snails ("gastropoda" will likely be reused in a different name for Shellos/Gastrodon, though). Got a little creative on the species names; "connudatus" refers to being exposed or naked, while "Domus" is a word for the building that is a home.
Swinub/Piloswine- Yet another one I had to be careful in picking a genus name for. Swinub and Piloswine are fine enough alone, but Mamoswine has too much wooly mammoth in it. In the end, they all have pig-like qualities, so I settled on "Gelidus" + "Sus" for the genus name--"Gelidus" relates to something being icy, or ice cold, while "sus" is the genus name for pigs. "Porcelli" refers to piglets, and "apri" is related to boars. I'll probably pick something related to mammoths specifically for Mamoswine.
Corsola- This one was supposed to be easy. I got ready to pick some easy words... until I realized there was little more to Corsola other than the fact that it's pretty coral. "Corallium" is the genus name for red coral, which is also used in jewelry and such. In the end, I decided to be somewhat redundant in names, and went with "Ornamentum," which you can guess is related to decorative jewels and such.
Remoraid- Despite anything, I just couldn't give Remoraid and Octillery the same genus name. They're just too different. "Echeneidae" is the family name for the remora, which is the closest real world relative of Remoraid. "Pistolii" refers to a gun.
Octillery- You may recall "Sepiacontendo" from Horsea/Seadra, which basically means "ink shooter," I mentioned reusing it for Octillery, and here I am. "Octopoda" is the order name for octopi.
Delibird- I'm not about to NOT give the same genus name to the four penguin Pokemon; Delibird + the Piplup family. So I checked on both Rockhopper and Emperor Penguins, and went up the classification names until they matched. They did so at the family name, "Spheniscidae." "Dati" refers to presents or gifts, while "donatoris," as you can maybe guess now, refers to a giver or donor. It's a gift-giving penguin.
Mantine- Unfortunately, like some problems I've been having, there's not a lot of distinction between Mantine and Mantyke. So, I've settled on the genus name for Manta Rays, which is conveniently "Manta." "Administri" refers to an assistant, helper or supporter, which is a reference to the Mantine + Remoraid relationship. Not a bad choice, especially since it's critical to their evolution. For Mantyke... I dunno, I think I'll make some reference to the smiley face on its back.
Skarmory- "Laminavis" is a convenient combination of "Lamina," referring to a plate or thin sheet of metal (such as a blade), and "avis" is bird. "Metal bird" sounds like a convenient name I could apply to anything Skarmory-like that may come along down the line. "Gryphus" is the species name of the Andean Condor, which Bulbapedia tells me is the best real-world match to Skarmory.
Houndour/Houndoom- I've decided to go on a theme for dog Pokemon; "Canis+X," where X is some vague description of the dogs. Growlithe was a flame dog, Snubble was a mythical (fairy) dog, so Houndour and Houndoom are black/dark/gloomy/murky/etc. dogs. "Crudelis" refers to being cruel/hardhearted/unmerciful/severe -- just a few synonyms for 'dour." While "Condemno" mans to condemn, convict or ... doom.
Kingdra- Like Horsea and Seadra, Kingdra shares the same "Sepiacontendo" (ink shooter) genus name. Taeniolatus is the species name for the Weedy Sea Dragon.
Phanpy/Donphan- These being our only elephants, I think it's cool to go ahead and give them the "Elephantidae" genus name, which is the family name for real world elephants. "Nasutus" refers to having a long nose--Phanpy is the "long nose" Pokemon. "Tegumen" refers to covering clothing or body armor--Donphan is the "armor" Pokemon, and without much other defining characteristics, I think it's an okay bet to let Donphan have this easy one.
Porygon2- If once is fun, then twice is nice! -- Porygon2 is an "official upgrade" to Porygon, so I'd imagine it's execution would be pretty much the same. I might get a little more creative/do a little research for Porygon-Z.
Stantler- Stantler doesn't have much competition, so it's name was pretty easy. "Rangifer" is the genus name for reindeer. "Praestigia" refers to deception, illusion or tricks, which is a reference to Stantler's usual defense mechanism.
Smeargle- You're sure to know "Canis" by now--"artufex" refers to an artist or craftsman (you may recall the extremely similar "artifex" from Shuckle), while "Penicilli" refers to a painter's brush or pencil, which I think is appropriate, since Smeargle is a living paintbrush.
Tyrogue/Hitmontop- Again, "Semihominis" is taken from the shared genus name of Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan. "Luctatoris" refers to a wrestler. "versatus" refers to something that keeps spinning or turning around. Or simply the act of something happening over and over.
Smoochum- Smoochum keeps the same "Semihominis" genus name as Jynx. "Ausculari" refers to a kiss, or exchanging kisses.
Elekid- I never explained at Electabuzz, but "Generatrum" refers to a generator, which I think is appropriate enough for the Electabuzz family. "Contactum" refers to an electric plug, much like Elekid's ... whole shape.
Magby- "Calorisula" is still a combination of "calori" ("warmth") and "sula," the genus name for the booby. Magby is the "Live Coal Pokemon," sooo... "carbunculus" basically refers to live coal!
Miltank- "Armenticium" still refers to something consisting of cattle. Just like I did with Tauros, I basically just transcribed Miltank's in-game species; "Lactevacca" is a combination of "Lacte," milk, and "vacca," cow.
Blissey- "Amator" still refers to someone who really likes something, while "ovum" still means egg--the same genus name used for Chansey. "Gaudium" refers to joy, delight, etc. --synonyms for bliss, I should think.
Raikou/Entei/Suicine- I basically did these like I did the legendary birds. "Mythi" is basically the same word as "Mythos," but is slightly changed to make it roll off the tongue better. "Canis" is still dogs. Not to be confused with the "Canismythi" of Snubbull/Granbull. :V "Tono" refers to the sound of thunder. "Vulcani" refers to a volcano. I picked it over "vulcanus" because of the similarity to "canis." There wasn't a direct translation for "aurora," so I had to pick a different trait for Suicine. I was trying to decide on a vague reference to the north wind, before remembering that it clearly had to be "Crystallos," which reference should be obvious.
Larvitar/Pupitar/Tyranitar- I could've originally just given these three the genus name for the tyrannosaurus. BUT, with the reveal of Tyrunt/Tyrantrum just recently, I just can't. So I went with the much more creative "Papiliodinosauri," which is a combination of "Papilio," which refer to butterflies or moths, and "dinosauri," which clearly refers to dinosaurs. It's a butterfly dinosaur ... sure. :V "Vermiculi" revers to a larva, "bombylis," while also sounding cool, refers to a pupa, and "adultus" refers to something that has grown or matured. The Larvitar family is the only non-bug family to have this sort of life style, so I think it's a cool reference to have.
Lugia/Ho-oh- As promised, these two have the same genus name as Articuno/Zapdos/Moltres, "Mythosavis," which still refers to mythical birds. "Alti" refers to deep water, or the deep sea, which is where Lugia lives, and "custodis" refers to a guardian or protector. "Guardian of the sea," see. Ho-oh's is the same; "caelis" refers to the sky, or heavens. I decided to go with this less-known nickname(?) because I couldn't find a particularly good translation name of rainbow.
Celebi- "Meotempus" was a conveniently nice-sounding combination of "meo" (to go along, pass or travel) and "tempus" referring to time. It works because I can use the same genus name for Dialga. Time travelling is a whole (wibbly-wobbly) extra-dimensional thing--I think it's okay for the otherwise very different Celebi and Dialga to have the same genus name. "Nympha" refers to a nymph, obviously--a nature spirit.
7/5/09 - Finished 1-53 (Bulbasaur to Persian)
7/26/09 - Finished 54-101 (Psyduck to Electrode)
7/27/09 - Finished 102-151 (Exeggcute to Mew) [Completion of the First Generation]
9/24/13 - Restarted. Finished 152-201 (Chikorita to Unown)
9/27/13 - Finished 202-251 (Wobbuffet to Celebi) [Completion of the Second Generation]
Words by William Whitaker: www.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/wo…