This is it! The last installment in my series covering the etymology of scientific names. At least for now. Who knows what the future will hold?! I hope you found this series helpful and now feel more confident wading into the world of scientific names. When I encountered my first scientiic name, Peromyscus maniculatus, it seemed an impenetrable thicket of Latiny gibberish. It took forever to commit that first name to memory. But once I started translating scientific names and I started to see repetition and patterns and familiar roots, it all started to make sense. My second latin name, Peromyscus leucopus, was a cinch to memorize. Digging into the etymology of these terms has also helped me understand the way in which other naturalists have sought meaning, order, and understanding in the endless variability of the wild world.