just curious… how are common names established? i know how to technically add them in the system, but who decides that a given species should have a particular common name? for example, i made an observation of a Brachypremna dispellens, which doesn’t seem to have a common name. it is a very long-legged, white-footed crane fly that likes to hang from vegetation on its 4 front legs when not bouncing around. other crane flies have long legs (though maybe not quite this long), and other crane flies bounce around, but the white feet and the hanging behavior seem to be relatively unusual. so i was thinking white-footed hanging crane fly might be a good common name. how many people do i have to convince that that’s a good name, or are there specific people to convince or a specific process for convincing people before i can feel good about adding that as a common name to the system?
UPDATE: it looks like there may be other white-footed hanging crane flies, but i guess the general question remains: how do common names get established?