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2010-02-19 23:56:04
This all reminds me of how, when I was a kid, scorpions were commonly called "stinging lizards," despite their being arthropods and not reptiles. We knew they weren't really lizards, but that's what their name was so that's what folks called 'em. I expect most of the people in South Africa know those critters are insects, not prawns, but they call 'em prawns anyway. Common and local names for things are notoriously eccentric, which is why scientists tend to use those long Latin names to avoid confusion. Other examples; the cedar tress in the Texas Hill Country are not cedars but a type of juniper. Sago palms are not true palms, and not even closely related to palms. What we called 'buttercups' where I grew up are actually evening primrose. And etc etc etc.
2010-02-19 18:29:04
I just noticed my error...again. I meant it's a Parktown Prawn. I'm trying to watch the Olympics while doing this, plus staying up late at night enjoying all the 'freebies' around town. I need sleep ;-)
2010-02-19 18:26:44
Thanks for the clarification fbo; I thought I might need new glasses ;-)
2010-02-19 18:25:27
Perhaps you might want to let Wikipedia know. They are known to make some errors.
2010-02-19 15:57:05
Ewww, don't think much of that noxious black sludge... :(
2010-02-19 15:19:13
That is a Parktown Prawn - it says so right on the lower left of the picture - here is what I looked up - ...-Parktown Prawns, a common and much-loathed creature often found in Johannesburg homes. Parktown Prawns are not, in fact, prawns, but a species of king cricket that has likely been around since prehistoric times. The critters can grow up to 10 centimeters in length, and sport barbed legs and powerful mandibles. A South African bug with an insect like appearance. -One of the Parktown Prawn’s less endearing qualities is its tendency to spew a noxious black sludge.
2010-02-19 11:00:12
Not to be persnickity, Ms Connie, but I don't believe that critter is a crab. Crabs have eight legs. I could be wrong, of course, but that thing looks an awful lot like some kinda grasshopper. But speaking of crabs, my Uncle Bufford, who had studied genetics at Texas A&M , once cross-bred a crab with a chicken, trying to get a fryer with eight drumsticks.
2010-02-19 06:04:13
Sorry folks...another typo. It's Parktown Crab.