Proper pronunciation of Agkistrodon

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Proper pronunciation of Agkistrodon

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Just a bit confused on the pronunciation here. Only ever seen it in text and was wondering the correct way to say it out loud. I know it can be a bit tricky to give pronunciation advice with written words but thanks in advance.

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Normally with binomial names, the emphasis is on the third-to-last syllable (or the first syllable, in two-syllable names). I've always pronounced Agkistrodon as ag-KISS-tro-don, and this is how I've heard others say it as well.

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And that would be correct.


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Dave


Natalie, BTW, that is an awesome mudder pic on you avitar. Very nice specimen.

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Thanks guys. The 'gk' combo was what was giving me grief. Couldn't figure out what to pronounce and what to leave out.

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crwheeler wrote:Thanks guys. The 'gk' combo was what was giving me grief. Couldn't figure out what to pronounce and what to leave out.
Pronounce that as a tongue-click, like a Kalahari Bushman.

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Chris, the gods are still crazy.


crwheeler, not all scientific names are Latin; some are more Greek, some English/Latin.

You'll hear differences in pronunciation, even with academics, often based upon their own background.
Folks who studied latin pronounced in the classical speech, say even common words differently that folks who studied Ecclesiastical Latin (or church Latin).


A common example is the word caesar (english - "see-zer"), as in Julius.


In Classical Latin "C" before "ae" is pronounced hard, like a "K".


In Ecclesiastical Latin "C" before "ae" is pronounced "CH".



Biological Latin has some of it's own rules.

This site may help:

http://courses.washington.edu/ehuf462/4 ... _latin.pdf

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