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Table 1 Discrepancies between the use of species names in scientific publications and citations of the original authors.

From: The taxonomist - an endangered race. A practical proposal for its survival

Scientific species name, original author, number of citation Common species name Google scholar hits of publications using the species name Google scholar hits of publications citing the original author(s) and description ISISMweb of knowledge hits of publications citing the original author(s) and description
Model organisms
Escherichia coli (Migula, 1895) [39] E. coli ca. 1.640.000 ca. 58 -
Arabidopsis thaliana (Linnaeus, 1763)a [33] Mouse-ear cress ca. 232.000 19 -
Drosophila melanogaster Meigen, 1830 [32] Fruit fly ca. 352.000 ca. 200 -
Caenorhabditis elegans (Maupas, 1899) [58] - ca. 173.000 52 -
Mus musculus Linnaeus, 1758 [4] House mouse ca. 108.000 ca. 300* -
Trichoplax adhaerens Schulze, 1883 [59] - ca. 719 ca. 70 -
Lycopoidoides moellendorffii (Hieronymus, 1902)a [60] Spikemoss (Selaginella moellendorffii) ca. 560 155** -
Amphimedon queenslandica Hooper & van Soest, 2006 [61] Sponge ca. 335 9 7
Macrostomum lignano Ladurner et al., 2005 [62] Flatworm ca. 150 25 34
Invasive species
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Longcore et al., 1999 [63] Chytrid fungus ca. 2130 317 246
Boiga irregularis (Bechstein, 1802) [64] Brown tree snake ca. 1760 1 -
Eleutherodactylus coqui Thomas, 1966 [65] Common Puerto Rican Coqui frog ca. 1510 16 -
Cameraria ohridella Deschka & Dimic, 1986 [66] Horse-chestnut leaf miner ca. 1320 ca. 30 Journal not indexed
Prominent species
Tyrannosaurus rex Osborn, 1905 [67] T. rex ca. 5410 ca. 30 -
Metasequoia glyptostroboides Hu & Cheng, 1948 [68] Dawn redwood ca. 2510 53/58 -
Latimeria chalumnae Smith, 1939 [69] West Indian Ocean coelacanth ca. 2070 325 -
Homo floresiensis Brown et al. 2004 [70] Flores man, nicknamed "hobbit" ca. 1400 245 244
Varanus komodoensis Ouwens, 1912 [71] Komodo dragon ca. 1010 10 -
Recently described species
Euperipatoides kanangrensis Reid, 1996 [72] Onychophora 1800 33 47
Cryptocorynetes haptodiscus Yager, 1987 [73] Remipedia 296 121 24
Latimeria menadoensis Pouyaud, 1999 [74] Indonesian coelacanth ca. 235 11 23
  1. We compared hit results of online queries for species names used in publications listed by Google scholar and ISISM web of knowledge and those publications citing the original authors and descriptions. Full citations are given in the references section of this paper. Note that ISISM web includes only hits after 1945.
  2. a We have altered the abbreviated botanical format of the original author into the zoological format, which provides the author name in full length with the year of publication.
  3. * Citations refer to the different spellings of the author's name (i.e., Linné, von Linné, and Linnaeus) and the entire tenth edition.
  4. ** Citations refer to the whole series "Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien (...)", which was published between 1887 and 1909 in numerous volumes.