The Name - Moose international ...
It took me a while to understand confused glances from colleagues and
friends from all over the world when talking about the most
important animal - the moose - or : elk!
There are two English words for them: "moose" is US American while "elk" is the British English version.
Confusing it gets as "elk" - US Version - is used for "Cervus elaphus"! Lucky we have a clear latin version - which then ends up in "deer" in British English.
To make it cristal clear for those visiting from all over the world : Here you can find the name of what we are talking about here:
|United States (American English)||Moose||"Moose" origins from native inhabitants of North America: - Algonkian (Algonquin) Indians. "mons", "mos" or "moz" means "twig eater"|
|GB (British English)||Elk|
|Germany (German)||Elch / Elen|
|France (French)||Élan / l'orignal||"l'orignal" developped from Basque French explorers: orenac --> originac --> l'orignal|
|Denmark (Danish)||Elg / Elsdyr|
|Poland (Polish)||Los / Tos|
|Russia (Russian)||Einu / Woss|
|China (Chinese):||Milu (PIN-YIN: mi2 lu4)|
|Latvia (Latvian, Lettish)||Alnis|
|Czech Republik (Czech)||Los|
The name "moose", used in North America, origins from the native inhabitants of that region - Algonkian (Algonquin) Indians. In their language "mons", "mos" or "moz" means "twig eater", what in fact is a quite good description of one of the major activities of them. The step to the final word "moose" is not very far.
When investigating the following table I noticed differences of opinion in the literature regarding "subfamilia" and "genus". Whatever is correct I can't decide - potentially there is no right or wrong in this topic but just different opinions in the scientific world - here is one version:
|Subclassis||Theria||Unterklasse||Eigentliche Säuger||Sub-Class||Therian mammals|
|Infraclassis||Eutheria||Teilklasse||Höhere Säuger||Infra-Class||Placental mammals|
|ORDO||Artiodactyla||Ordnung||Paarhufer||Order||Artiodactyls, Even-toed ungulates|
|SPECIES||Alces alces||Art||Elch||Species||Moose (GB: Elk)|
If you are looking for the different sub-species - check in the section " Habitat & Species"