The spectacled bear’s scientific name, Tremarctos orantus translates to “hole-bear decorated,” referring to an unusual hole on the bear’s humerus and the ornate decorations on its face.
The spectacled bear’s scientific name is Tremarctos ornatus.
The root “trem” comes from a Greek word meaning “hole” and “arctos” is the Greek word for “bear.” Tremarctos is a reference to an unusual hole on the animal’s humerus.
Ornatus, Latin for “decorated,” is a reference to the markings that give the bear its common English name, “spectacled bear.”
Sources: (Brazilian Animals, Fenner, 2012; Fernando del Moral; IBA, 1999; Kattan, et al., 2004; Naranjo & Hernández; R´ıos-Uzeda, Gómez, & Wallace, 2006; Velez-Liendo & García-Rangel, 2017; Wikimedia Foundation, 2018)
Image: Tambako the Jaguar