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English Dialect Names for the Stoat[edit]

A 19th century Norfolk name for the stoat (lobster) that could cause confusion:

"A Middlesex man would probably be much surprised to hear a Norfolk farmer talk of the havoc made among game and poultry by lobsters, and, on the matter being explained, would doubtless think lobster a mighty absurd appellation for the common stoat. But, in Katterfelto’s phrase, there is a reason for everything, if people only knew it. The same animal is, in Yorkshire, called a clubster, or clubstart—i.e. clubtail. The Norfolk and Yorkshire terms are evidently allied in origin, and both express the idea meant to be conveyed, viz. an animal with a thick tuft on its tail."

From: The Quarterly Review September & December 1836: Vol 57, p90 Kylenano (talk) 09:00, 13 November 2022 (UTC)Reply

Hello Kylenano. Interesting, however as stated in Wikispecies Vernacular names section guideline we should only add one vernacular name per language to the lists of vernacular names. The main reasons for this is that vernacular names seldom have any real value from a taxonomical standpoint (i.e. the core focus of Wikispecies) and that the lists sometimes can get really long if we try to add all vernacular names. Such content is more suitable for Wikipedia, and please remember that Wikispecies is not Wikipedia. Thanks for the information here at the talk page, nonetheless! –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 20:49, 14 November 2022 (UTC).Reply