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Types of Ambiguity Introduction - Same name different taxon

The same scientific name can refer to different taxa for two primary reasons.

1. Same name, different species. Homonyms occur when the same name refers to two distinct species. For example, the name Agathis montana, refers to both a wasp and a species of tree. The genus Acalyptus has been used to refer to both snakes and weevils.

2. Same name, different species definition.

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