User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 9

Thread: Trying to figure out a word

  1. #1
    N=R* fs fp ne fl fi fc L Pyro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    4,844
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I am looking for the term that describes animalsthat have 2 wildly different body shapes, almost to the point of appearing to be different animals. Like Puffer fish or porcupine fish.

    I believe the term is thigmomorph or thigomorph but neither of these turns up in dictionary.com

    Does anyone have any idea of the word I am looking for??
    'My love was science- specifically biology and, more specifically, when placed in a common jar, which of two organisms would devour the other.'

    See You Space Cowboy

    actagggcagtgatatcccattggtacatggcaaattagcctcatgat
    Hagerstown, Maryland

    --
    actagggcagtgatatcccattggtacatggcaaattagcctcatgat

  2. #2
    Whats it to ya? Finch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    South Dakota
    Posts
    3,472
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    is the difference between sexes, like huia, or between two different extremes of a body feture?
    that makes no logic

  3. #3
    Stay chooned in for more! Clint's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Metro Atlanta Area
    Posts
    9,681
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Isn't thig or thigmo creek for touch? Something like that.

  4. #4
    N=R* fs fp ne fl fi fc L Pyro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    4,844
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    @ Finch

    It is body feature but not really in a dimorphism sense. A "deflated" porcupine fish vs. and "inflated" one could be seen as two different (but related) species if you did not see the one become the other. Likewise a frilled lizard with frill down vs. with frill up. There are not many animals that exhibit the feature but I know there is a name for them and I read it somewhere years ago but that book seems to have gone walkabout in my moves.

    @ JLAP

    Yes, thigmo is greek for touch IIRC.
    'My love was science- specifically biology and, more specifically, when placed in a common jar, which of two organisms would devour the other.'

    See You Space Cowboy

    actagggcagtgatatcccattggtacatggcaaattagcctcatgat
    Hagerstown, Maryland

    --
    actagggcagtgatatcccattggtacatggcaaattagcctcatgat

  5. #5
    Let's positive thinking! seedjar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Olympia, Washington
    Posts
    4,064
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Is polymorphism the word you're looking for? That's when a single organism or species has many shapes. I think dimorphism might be appropriate too - I know that dimorphism is often used as shorthand for sexual dimorphism, but it doesn't always have to mean that the difference of form is sexual in nature.
    ~Joe
    o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

  6. #6
    Whats it to ya? Finch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    South Dakota
    Posts
    3,472
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was thinking when you said this of sexual dimorphism also, witch can make two things look like entirely different species. Among Vertebra, here is one of the most extreme examples, morphologically, between sexes. Both were considered different species.



    Beautifull example of pair co-operation, the males would peel away at decaying bark enough so the females could reach grubs.
    that makes no logic

  7. #7
    N=R* fs fp ne fl fi fc L Pyro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    4,844
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It is not polymorph or dimorphism, both of those are words I am familiar with.

    I think I may have found it: Theriomorph

    It is more commonly used as a term for shape-shifter
    'My love was science- specifically biology and, more specifically, when placed in a common jar, which of two organisms would devour the other.'

    See You Space Cowboy

    actagggcagtgatatcccattggtacatggcaaattagcctcatgat
    Hagerstown, Maryland

    --
    actagggcagtgatatcccattggtacatggcaaattagcctcatgat

  8. #8
    Lauderdale's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Fort Lauderdale
    Posts
    1,077
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I am looking for the term that describes animalsthat have 2 wildly different body shapes, almost to the point of appearing to be different animals.
    You mean something like the difference between a girl friend and a wife?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •