Country Name Life List Bingo

A while ago, some people seemed to enjoy my post on state name life list bingo. This time, the concept is similar: How many country names are represented on your life list? Even if you don’t travel much, keep in mind that exotics can add a few to your list! My list includes 35 countries and 4 dependent territories:

Argentina:
Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile)
Argentinian Biddy Biddy (Acaena pinnatifida)

Armenia:
Armenian Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus)

Australia
Australian Sheep Blow Fly

Bahamas-
Bahama Mockingbird* (Mimus gundlachii)
Bahama Swallow* (Tachycineta cyaneoviridis)
Bahama Woodstar* (Nesophlox evelynae)
Bahama Yellowthroat* (Geothypis rostrata)
Anas bahamensis (White-cheeked Pintail)

Bermuda:
Bermuda Buttercup (Oxalis pes-caprae)
Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon)

Bolivia-
Bolivian Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta sara)
Bolivian Tyrannulet* (Zimmerius bolivianus)
Fuchsia boliviana (Lady’s Eardrops)
Saimiri boliviensis (Black-capped Squirrel Monkey)

Brazil-
Brazilian Lady (Vanessa braziliensis)
Brazilian Vervain (Verbena brasiliensis)
Brazilian Waterweed (Egeria densa)
Phalacrocorax brasilianus (Neotropic Cormorant)

Canada:
Canada Clearweed (Pilea pumila)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Canada Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Canada Warbler* (Cardellina canadensis)
Canada Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)
Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)
Canadian Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense)
Canadian Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
Canadian Wood Betony (Pedicularis canadensis)
Antigone canadensis (Sandhill Crane)
Castor canadensis (American Beaver)
Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
Cervus canadensis (Wapiti)
Erigeron canadensis (Horseweed)
Glandularia canadensis (Rose Vervain)
Menispermum canadense (Moonseed)
Ovis canadensis (Bighorn Sheep)
Polymnia canadensis
Sambucus canadensis (American Black Elderberry)
Sanicula canadensis (Black Snakeroot)
Sitta canadensis (Red-breasted Nuthatch)
Teucrium canadense (American Germander)
Tsuga canadensis (Eastern Hemlock)

Chile:
Chilean Skua (Stercorarius chilensis)
Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)
Chilean Sea Fig (Carpobrotus chilensis)
Symphyotrichum chilense (Pacific Aster)
Tangara chilensis (Paradise Tanager)
Vanellus chilensis (Southern Lapwing)

China:
Chinese Bushclover (Lespedeza cuneata)
Chinese Hwamei* (Garrulax canorus)
Chinese-Lantern (Quincula lobata)
Chinese Pistache (Pistachia chinensis)
Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense)
Chinese Mantis* (Tenodera sinense)
Chinese Mystery Snail (Cipangopaludina chinensis)
Chinese Tallow (Triadica sebifera)
Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinense)
Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba)
Streptopelia chinensis (Spotted Dove)

Christmas Island:
Christmas Island Frigatebird* (Fregata andrewsi)

Cuba:
Cuban Emerald* (Riccordia ricordii)

Dominican Republic:
Pluvialis dominica (American Golden-Plover)
Setophaga dominica (Yellow-throated Warbler)
Tachybaptus dominicus (Least Grebe)
Tyrannus dominicensis* (Gray Kingbird)

Ecuador:
Ecuadorian Hermit Crab (Coenobita compressus)

Egypt:
Egyptian Goose (Allopochen aegyptiaca)
Aedes aegypti (Yellow Fever Mosquito)

Germany
German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)

Guinea:
Guinea Paper Wasp (Polistes exclamitans)

Iceland:
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
Bucephala islandica (Barrow’s Goldeneye)

India (sensu stricto)
Melilotus indicus (Small Melilot)

Ireland:
Brown Irish Lord (Hemilepidotus spinosus)

Italy:
Italian Arum (Arum italicum)
Italian Sparrow* (Passer italiae)

Jamaica
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)
Oxyura jamaicensis (Ruddy Duck)

Japan:
Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)
Japanese Brome (Bromus japonicus)
Japanese Bubble Snail (Haloa japonica)
Japanese Bush Warbler* (Horornis diphone)
Japanese Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon finitimus)
Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
Japanese Macaque* (Macaca fuscata)
Japanese Littleneck (Ruditapes philippinarum)
Japanese Mazus (Mazus pumilus)
Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher* (Terpsiphone atrocaudata)
Japanese Robin* (Larvivora akahige)
Japanese Sparrowhawk* (Accipiter gularis)
Japanese Spindle Tree (Euonymus japonicus)
Japanese Tit (Parus minor)
Japanese Thrush* (Turdus cardis)
Japanese Tree Frog (Hyla japonica)
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)
Japanese Woodpecker* (Picus awokera)
Buteo japonicus (Eastern Buzzard)
Cipangopaludina chinensis (Chinese Mystery Snail)
Ninox japonicus (Northern Boobook)
Lathyrus japonicus (Seaside Pea)
Youngia japonica (Oriental False Hawkbeard)
Zosterops japonicus (Warbling White-eye)

Jersey:
Jersey Cudweed (Helichrysum luteoalbum)

Malaysia:
Malaysian Pied-Fantail* (Rhipidura javanica)

Mexico:
Mexican Spadefoot (Spea multiplicata)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma wollweberi)
Mexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta)
Mexican Yellow* (Abaeis mexicana)
Mexican Palmetto* (Sabal mexicana)
Mexican Tea (Dysphania ambrosioides)
Mexican Hogfish* (Bodianus diplotaenia)
Mexican Fox Squirrel* (Sciurus nayaritensis)
Mexican Duck* (Anas diazi)
Mexican Whip-poor-will* (Antrostomus arizonae)
Mexican False Bombardier (Galerita mexicana)
Mexican Chickadee (Poecile sclateri)
Catherpes mexicanus (Canyon Wren)
Cinclus mexicana (American Dipper)
Falco mexicanus (Prairie Falcon)
Haemorhous mexicanus (House Finch)
Himantopus mexicanus (Black-necked Stilt)
Quiscalus mexicanus (Great-tailed Grackle)
Sialia mexicana (Western Bluebird)
Tangara mexicana (Turquoise Tanager)

Nepal
Apus nipalensis (House Swift)

New Zealand
New Zealand Mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum)

Norway:
Rattus norvegicus (Brown Rat)

Papua New Guinea:
New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri)

Peru:
Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis jalapa)
Peruvian Booby (Sula variegata)
Peruvian Diving-Petrel (Pelecanoides garnotii)
Peruvian Feather Grass (Stipa ichu)
Peruvian Martin* (Progne murphyi)
Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus)
Peruvian Recurvebill* (Syndactyla ucayalae)
Peruvian Sheartail* (Thaumastura cora)
Peruvian Sierra Finch* (Phrygilus punensis)
Peruvian Thick-knee (Burhinus superciliaris)
West Peruvian Dove (Zenaida meloda)
Rupicola peruvianus (Andean Cock-of-the-rock)

Philippines
Agropsar philippensis (Chestnut-cheeked Starling)
Ruditapes philippinarum (Japanese Littleneck)

Portugal:
Portuguese Man O’ War (Physalia physalis)

Russia:
Fleshy Russian Thistle (Salsola soda)
Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)
Russian Sage (Salvia yangii)
Prickly Russian Thistle (Salsola tragus)

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
Anas georgiana (Yellow-billed Pintail)

Spain:
Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica)
Spanish Broom (Spartium junceum)
Spanish Clover (Acmispon americanus)
Spanish Dagger (Yucca treculeana)
Spanish Hogfish* (Bodianus rufus)
Spanish Moss* (Tillandsia usneoides)

Sweden
Luscinia svecica (Bluethroat)

Syria:
Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed)

Turkey
Bushy Turkish Washcloth Mastocarpus jardinii
Turk’s Cap Malvaviscus arboreus
Turkish Towel Chondracanthus exasperatus
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

United States of America:
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alpine Speedwell (Veronica wormskjoldii)
American Amber Jelly Fungus (Exidia crenata)
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
American Basketflower (Plectocephalus americanus)
American Beaver (Castor canadensis)
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
American Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca americana)
American Bison (Bison bison)
American Bistort (Bistorta bistortoides)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)
American Black Bear* (Ursus americanus)
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
American Black Elderberry (Sambucus canadense)
American Black Nightshade (Solanum americanum)
American Brooklime (Veronica americana)
American Buckwheat (Brunnichia ovata)
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
American Bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus)
American Carpenter Ant (Camponotus americanus)
American Carrion Beetle (Necrophila americana)
American Cockroach* (Periplaneta americana)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)
American Dune Grass (Leymus mollis)
American Elm* (Ulmus americana)
American Field Pansy (Viola bicolor)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
American Germander (Teucrium canadense)
American Gizzard Shad (Dorosoma cepedianum)
American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
American Green Crab Spider (Misumessus oblongus)
American Holly (Ilex opaca)
American Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
American Idia Moth (Idia americalis)
American Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
American Lobster* (Homarus americanus)
American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)
American Mink (Neogale vison)
American Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum)
American Nursery Web Spider (Pisaurina mira)
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
American Paddlefish* (Polyodon spathula)
American Pickerel (Esox americanus)
American Pika (Ochotona princeps)
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)
American Plantain (Plantago rugelii)
American Plum (Prunus americana)
American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
American Royal Fern (Osmunda spectabilis)
American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana)
American Shad (Alosa sapidissima)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
American Three-squared Bulrush (Schoenoplectus americanus)
American Three-toed Woodpecker* (Picoides dorsalis)
American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
American Tree Moss (Climacium americanum)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)
American Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)
American Water-Willow (Justicia americana)
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
American White Waterlily (Nymphaea odorata)
American Wigeon (Mareca americana)
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star Tick)
Aythya americana (Redhead)
Certhia americana (Brown Creeper)
Chloroceryle americana (Green Kingfisher)
Coccyzus americanus (Yellow-billed Cuckoo)
Erythronium americanum (Yellow Trout Lily)
Fraxinus americanus (White Ash)
Grus americana (Whooping Crane)
Hypanus americanus (Southern Stingray)
Lepus americanus (Snowshoe Hare)
Leucoagaricus americanus (Reddening Lepiota)
Malacosoma americana (Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth)
Melanitta americana (Black Scoter)
Meloe americanus (Buttercup Oil Beetle)
Mycteria americana (Wood Stork)
Neofavolus americanus
Numenius americanus (Long-billed Curlew)
Oreamnos americanus (Mountain Goat)
Schoenoplectus americanus
Setophaga americana (Northern Parula)
Spiza americana (Dickcissel)
Vella americana
Zanthoxylum americanum* (Prickly Ash)

*Not on iNaturalist


For anyone interested, from what I found, out of 196 countries (UN Member States, Observers, and Taiwan), 171 are represented by default English names in the iNaturalist database. 18 more are represented only by scientific names (Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Brunei; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Estonia; Guinea-Bissau; Kuwait; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Poland; Qatar; Slovenia; Tajikistan; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates), which leaves, to my knowledge (prove me wrong!) 7 countries not represented by English species names (Belarus; Czechia; Holy See; Kyrgyzstan; Liechtenstein (arguable); San Marino; Tuvalu)

In addition, the following dependent territories and similar entities as defined by this Wikipedia page are also represented:

Akrotiri and Dhekelia (scientific only); American Samoa; Anguilla; Aruba; Ashmore and Cartier (scientific only); Bouvet Island (scientific only); British Virgin Islands; Christmas Island; Clipperton Island; Cocos Islands; Cook Islands; Coral Sea Islands? (none include ‘island’); Curaçao; Falkland Islands; Faroe Islands; French Polynesia; Gibraltar; Greenland; Guam; Guernsey; Heard Island (none living); Hong Kong; Isle of Man; Jersey; Macau; Midway Island; Montserrat; Navassa Island; New Caledonia; Niue; Norfolk Island; Northern Mariana Islands; Pitcairn Islands; Puerto Rico; Saint Barthélemy (Saint Barts); Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha; Saint Martin; Serranilla Bank; South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands; Svalbard; Turks and Caicos Islands; U.S. Virgin Islands; Wake Island (scientific only among extant species); Wallis and Futuna

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I see there’re quite a few Russian names which include Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Czechia, but none of them I met.
From what I could find now:

Russia
Russian dock, Russian Hollyhock, Russian Atriplex, Dwarf Russian Almond, Prickly Russian Thistle, Russian Olive, Russian Mustard, Russian Peashrub, Russian Common Gull

Germany
German Yellowjacket, German Cockroach, Pentanema germanicum

Italy
Graphosoma italicum italicum, Italian Bugloss, Italian Ryegrass, Italian Locust, Italian Tree Cricket, Echium italicum

Norway
Norwegian Rat, Norwegian Wasp, Potentilla norvegica

Finland
Finnish Spruce

Mongolia
Polistes mongolicus.

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12 countries for me

Argentina
Argentine Snouted Tree Frog (Scinax granulatus)
Argentine Black-and-white Tegu (Salvator merianae)

Brazil
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis)
Brazilian Guinea Pig (Cavia aperea)
Brazilian Lady (Vanessa braziliensis)
Senecio brasiliensis
Brazilian Guava (Psidium guineense) ← counts twice!
Tetracha brasiliensis
Neoberis brasiliana
Justicia brasiliana

China
Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)

Cuba
Cuban Jute (Sida rhombifolia)

Guinea-Bissau ?
Brazilian Guava (Psidium guineense) ← counts twice!

Japan
Oriental False Hawksbeard (Youngia japonica)

Mauritius
Bugweed (Solanum mauritianum)

Mexico
Mexican Flamebush (Calliandra tweediei)

Paraguay
Ilex paraguariensis

Peru
Peruvian Mock Vervain (Glandularia peruviana)

Surinam
Achryson surinamum

Uruguay
Guettarda uruguensis

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Suggestion for next bingo: scientific names ending in “-oides” eg: Tessarecphora arachnoides

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I also included island names.

Argentine
Argentine Senna (Senna corymbosa)

Australia
Australian Tree Fern (Cyathea cooperi)

Bermuda
Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon)

Bolivia
Pride of Bolivia (Tipuana tipu)

Brazil
Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia)

California
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Canary Island
Canary Island Palm (Phoenix canariensis)

Caribbean
Caribbean Land Hermit Crab (Coenobita clypeatus)

Chile
Chilean Wine Palm (Jubaea chilensis)

China
Chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Pittosporum de Chine (in French) (Pittosporum tobira)

Netherland
Dutch Iris (Iris × hollandica)

Ethiopia
Ethiopian Dock (Rumex abyssinicus)

France
French Broom (Genista monspessulana)

Germany
German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

India
Indian Banyan (Ficus benghalensis)
Indian Beech Tree (Millettia pinnata)
Indian Head Ginger (Costus spicatus)
Indian Mallow (Abutilon indicum)
Indian Mango (Mangifera indica)
Song of India (Dracaena reflexa)

Italy
Indian-Shot (Canna indica)
Italian Arum (Arum italicum)
Italian Slowworm (Anguis veronensis)
Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus)
White Italian Snail (Theba pisana)

Jamaica
Jamaica Wood Sorrel (Begonia minor)

Japan
Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
Japanese Pagoda Tree (Styphnolobium japonicum)
Japanese Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira)

Madagascar
Madagascar Giant Day Gecko (Phelsuma grandis)
Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
Madagascar Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia picturata)
Madagascar Umbrella Papyrus (Cyperus alternifolius)
Malagasy Tea (Aphloia theiformis)

Madeira
Madeira Blueberry (Vaccinium padifolium)
Madeira Broom (Genista maderensis)
Madeira Lizard (Teira dugesii)
Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans)

Mascarene: Mauritius and Rodrigues, La Réunion
Mascarene Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone bourbonnensis)
Greater Mascarene Flying Fox (Pteropus niger)

Rodrigues Flying Fox (Pteropus rodricensis)
Mauritius Hemp (Furcraea foetida)

Réunion Grey White-Eye (Zosterops borbonicus)
Réunion Harrier (Circus maillardi)
Réunion Hermit Spider (Nephilingis borbonica)
Réunion Monadisa (Disa borbonica)
Réunion Stonechat (Saxicola tectes)

Mexico
Mexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta)
Mexican Orange (Choisya ternata)
Mexican Prickly Poppy (Argemone mexicana)

Nepal
Nepalese Broom Grass (Thysanolaena latifolia)

Portugal
Portuguese Broom (Cytisus striatus)
Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica)

Russia
Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

South Africa
South African Coral Tree (Erythrina caffra)

Spain
Iberian Green Frog (Pelophylax perezi)
Spanish Broom (Spartium junceum)
Spanish-Dagger (Yucca gloriosa)

Surinam
Surinam Cherry (Eugenia uniflora)

Swiss
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Texas
Texas Mountain Laurel (Dermatophyllum secundiflorum)

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Haha I think I’ll let you get the ball rolling on that one, but if you do I’ll be sure to add my list!

List includes former country names as well:

Argentina
Linepithema humile (Argentine Ant)

Brazil
Calpodes ethlius (Brazilian Skipper)

Canada
Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)

China
Actias ningpoana (Chinese Moon Moth)
Adoretus sinicus (Chinese Rose Beetle)
Agriomorpha fusca (Chinese Yellowface)
Atractomorpha sinensis (N/A)
Brachyponera chinensis (Asian Needle Ant)
Calicnemia sinensis (Chinese Mountain Damsel)
Celtis sinensis (Chinese Hackberry)
Gekko chinensis (Gray’s Chinese Gecko)
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Chinese Hibiscus)
Hydrangea febrifuga (Chinese quinine)
Ianthocincla chinensis (Black-throated Laughingthrush)
Ilex cornuta (Chinese Holly)
Ligustrum sinense (Chinese Privet)
Meghimatium bilineatum (Chinese Slug)
Oriolus chinensis (Black Naped Oriole)
Orthrius sinensis (N/A)
Oxya chinensis (Chinese Rice Grasshopper)
Papilio bianor (Chinese Peacock Swallowtail)
Papilio dialis (Southern Chinese Peacock Swallowtail)
Papilio xuthus (Chinese Yellow Swallowtail)
Plestiodon chinensis (Chinese Skink)
Potanthus confucius (Chinese Dart)
Pycnonotus sinensis (Light-vented Bulbul)
Streptopelia chinensis (Spotted Dove)
Taxillus chinensis (N/A)
Tenodera sinensis (Chinese mantis)

Egypt
Icerya aegyptiaca (N/A)

Germany
Blattella germanica (German Cockroach)

Guinea
Polistes exclamans (Guinea Paper Wasp)

India
Dysdercus cingulatus (Indian Cotton Stainer)
Morinda parvofolia (Little-leaved Indian Mulberry)
Parapolybia indica (N/A)
Pieris canidia (Indian Cabbage White)
Plodia interpunctella (Indian Meal Moth)
Potentilla indica (Mock Strawberry)
Rhaphiolepis indica (Indian Hawthorn)
Sphenomorphus indicus (Indian Forest Skink)
Suastus gremius (Indian Palm Bob)
Vanessa indica (Indian Red Admiral)

Italy
Arum italicum (Italian Arum)

Jamaica
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)

Japan
Chalybion japonicum (Japanese Blue Mud-dauber Wasp)
Ducetia japonica (N/A)
Japanus hyalinus (Japense Maple Leafhopper)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle)
Lygodium japonicum (Japanese Climbing Fern)
Orientus ishidae (Japanese Leafhopper)
Polistes japonicus (N/A)
Popillia japonica (Japanese Beetle)
Pseudocneorhinus bifasciatus (Two-banded Japanese Weevil)
Tenodera aridifolia (Japanese Giant Mantis)
Youngia japonica (Oriental False Hawksbeard)

Madagascar
Cantharanthus roseus (Madagascar Periwinkle)

Malaysia
Cethosia hypsea (Malayan Lacewing)
Nisitrus malaya (N/A)
Phaeacius malayensis (N/A)
Vindula dejone (Malay Cruiser)
Ypthima horsfieldii (Malay Five-Ring)

Myanmar
Mycalesis perseoides (Burmese Bushbrown)

Norway
Rattus norvegicus (Brown Rat)

Senegal
Ischnura senegalensis (Common Bluetail)

Sri Lanka
Ideopsis similis (Ceylon Blue Glassy Tiger)

Suriname
Pycnoscelus surinamensis (Suriname Cockroach)

USA
Amphipyra pyramidoides (American Copper Underwing)
Anaxyrus americanus (American Toad)
Bombus pensylvanicus (American Bumblebee)
Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)
Camponotus americanus (American Carpenter Ant)
Fagus grandifolia (American Beech)
Ilex opaca (American Holly)
Libytheana carinenta (American Snout)
Liquidambar styraciflua (American Sweetgum)
Phytolacca americana (American Pokeweed)
Platanus occidentalis (American Sycamore)
Solanum americanum (American Black Nightshade)
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)
Viola bicolor (American Field Pansy)

Vietnam
Argiope vietnamensis (N/A)

This makes a total of 20 countries, with China having the most entries (26), followed by USA (14), Japan (11), India (10), Malaysia (5), and the rest having only a single entry.

And finally “for fun”:

Hong Kong
Amolops hongkongensis (Hong Kong Cascade Frog)
Athetis hongkongensis (N/A)
Fejervarya multistrata (Hong Kong Rice-paddy Frog)
Neohirasea hongkongensis (N/A)
Paramesotriton hongkongensis (Hong Kong Warty Newt)
Pavetta hongkongensis (Hong Kong Pavetta)
Ropalidia hongkongensis (N/A)
Thanatus hongkong (N/A)

Canada:
Canada Goose
Elk (Cervus canadensis)
Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)
Canada Jay
North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

India:
Rough Indian Paintbrush

Italy:
Italian Arum (Arum italicum)

Japan:
Japanese Knotweed

Norway:
Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)
Norway Spruce

Sweden:
Swedish Cotoneaster

USA:
American Asters
American Bison
American Chestnut
American Coot
American Crow
American Dune Grass
American Goldfinch
American Robin
American Sand Wasp (Bembix americana)
American Searocket
American Shrewmole
American Toad
American Wigeon
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

And since I found so many,

Continents:
Eurasian Blackbird
Eurasian Collared-dove
Eurasian Magpie
Eurasian Oystercatcher
European Earwig
European Holly
European Hornet
European Lily of the Valley
European Mountain Ash
European Paper Wasp
European Searocket
European Starling
North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)

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20 countries plus 2 territories!

Argentina:
Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile)

Australia
Australian Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum)
Australian Watterbuttons (Cotula australis)

Bermuda (territory)
Bermuda Buttercup (Oxalis pes-caprae)

Canada
Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)
Elk (Cervus canadensis)
American Beaver (Castor canadensis)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Canadian Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)
Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea canadensis)
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
American Germander (Teucrium canadense)
Moonseed (Menispermum canadense)
Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis)
Dwarf Cinequefoil (Potentilla canadensis)
White Avens (Geum canadense)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

Chile
Chilean Rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria)
Chilean Sea Fig (Carpbrotus chilensis)
Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)

China
Chinese Mystery Snail (Cipangopaludina chinensis)
Chinese Mantis (Tenodera sinensis)
Chinese Quince (Chaenomeles lagenaria)

Egypt
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)

Ethiopia
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

France
French Broom (Genista monspessulana)

Germany
German Yellow-Jacket (Vespula germanica)

India (Although I’m pretty sure some of these mean it as Native American)
Indian-Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella)
Zebu (Bos indicus)
Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus)
Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)
Monterey Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja latifolia)
Woolly Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja foliolosa)
Indian Fig Oputica (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Crape-Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Mock Strawberry (Potentilla indica)

Italy
Italian Arum (Arum italicum)

Jamaica
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

Japan
Two-banded Japanese Weevil (Pseudocneorhinus bifasciatus)
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus)
Japanese Burrowing Cricket (Velarifictorus micado)
Japanese Hops (Humulus scandens)
Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Japanese Snowball (Viburnum plicatum)
Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum)
Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)
Japanese Clover (Kummerowia striata)
Japanese-Lantern (Alkekengi officinarum)
Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)
Japanese Kerria (Kerria japonica)
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

Jersey (territory)
Jersey Cudweed (Helichrysum luteoalbum)

Mexico
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalis mexicanus)
Mexican Pokeweed (Phytolacca heterotepala)
Western Bluebird (Siala mexicana)
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)

Norway
Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)
Potato Mirid (Closterotomus norwegicus)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

Spain
Spanish Slug (Arion vulgaris)

Syria
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca – it was mistakenly thought to be from Syria when it was named despite being native to North America)

Turkey
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo, I’m gonna pretend this counts, you could throw in Turkey Vultures and Turkey Tail mushrooms in here too)

UK/England
British Soldier Lichen (Cladonia cristatella)
English Oak (Quercus robur)

USA (Though some of these definitely mean it as the continent)
American Carrion Beetle (Necrophila americana)
American Rose Chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus)
Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana)
American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
American Dagger (Acronicta americana)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americana)
American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Eastern American Jack-O’-Lantern (Omphalotus illudens)
White Morel (Morchella americana)
American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
American Beaver (again! Castor canadensis)
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)
American Wigeon (Mareca americana)
American Water-Willow (Justicia americana)
American Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)
American Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia)
Round-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica americana)
Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)
American Holly (Ilex opaca)
American Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana)
American Hog-Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)
American Vetch (Vicia americana)
American Germander (again! Teucrium canadense)
American Tree Moss (Climacium americanum)
American Searocket (Cakile edentula)
American Plum (Prunus americana)
American Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum)
American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
American Water Plantain (Alisma subcordatum)

It might be fun to do one of these for cities, I found a bunch more city names than I was expecting while making this list (New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, Bukhara, Santa Barbara, etc.)

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I thought about including this on this thread but it got to be too much at once. Maybe in a little bit… Is the Bukhara from Bukhara Fleeceflower?

I don’t think any of this is appropriate during a global pandemic. By the way, it’s not over.

Hi @ellen5,

I acknowledge your concern, but please note that this is not meant to encourage anyone to travel in a manner that is unsafe. As I noted in the previous thread, this activity arose out of an inability to go outside due to the pandemic. For others like myself who enjoy lists, games like this are a fun way to revisit past experiences without having to go out. Everyone, please stay safe. This is just a lighthearted activity that I wanted to share with those who wish to participate.

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How can names of taxa ever be inappropriate because of pandemic?

It counts if etymology counts. According to Wikipedia:

According to linguist Mario Pei, there are two possible explanations for the name turkey. One theory is that when Europeans first encountered turkeys in America, they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guineafowl, which were already being imported into Europe by Turkey merchants via Constantinople and were therefore nicknamed Turkey coqs (Middle Eastern merchants were called Turkey merchants as much of that area was part of the Ottoman Empire at that time). The name of the North American bird thus became turkey fowl or Indian turkeys, which was then shortened to just turkeys.
A second theory arises from turkeys coming to England not directly from the Americas, but via merchant ships from the Middle East, where they were domesticated successfully. Again the importers lent the name to the bird; hence Turkey-cocks and Turkey-hens, and soon thereafter, turkeys.

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To some people, anything other than staying in bed under the covers is inappropriate during a pandemic.

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You’ve swayed me, I’m adding it!

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Now, these are not on my iNat life list, or, necessarily, on my IRL life list. But I put together this list to show how many country names you can accumulate without leaving the 48 contiguous United States. This list is by no means comprehensive; it’s just what comes to mind this evening. You will not find all of these in any one place, but all of these are found somewhere within the 48 States.

We’ll start with the native ones:

Ireland
Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus)

Iceland
Bucephala islandica (Barrow’s Goldeneye)

Greenland
Rhododendron groenlandicum (Labrador Tea)
Pedicularis groenlandicus (Elephant-head)

Canada
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Erigeron canadensis (Horseweed)
Nuttallanthus canadensis (Oldfield Toadflax)
Menispermum canadense (Moonseed)
…and many more.

Mexico
Carpodacus mexicanus (House Finch)
Sialia mexicana (Western Bluebird)

Cuba
Psilocybe cubensis (Psychedelic Mushroom)

Dominican Republic
Tyrannus dominicensis (Gray Kingbird)

Chile
Symphyotrichum chilense (Pacific Aster)
Fragaria chiloense (Beach Strawberry)

This of course leaves out the many, many taxa with “American” in their common name or “americana, americanum, or americanus” in their scientific names.

If we include invasive species:

Norway
Rattus norvegicus (Norway Rat)
Closterotomus norwegicus (Potato Capsid)

Italy
Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus)
Italian Ryegrass (Festuca perennis)

Dalmatia
Dalmatian Toadflax (Linaria dalmatica)

Malta
Maltese Star-thistle (Centaurea melitensis)

Russia
Russian Olive (Eleagnus angustifolia)

Tatarstan
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

India
Potentilla indica (False Strawberry)

China
Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense)

Japan
Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)
Japanese Creeper (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)

All this, without ever traveling outside the 48 contiguous States.

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