hyphenated names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at FREELER.NL
Tue Oct 28 16:35:02 CST 2003

Oh my. I believe this is not correct: if I read it rightly the ICBN also
demands suppressing the hyphen. I was hoping to avoid this, because my Latin
is rusty.

Art 60.9 states "... words that usually stand alone ..."
Note that this is not "... can normally stand alone ..."

Rec 60G.1.b starts:
"In a pseudocompound, a noun or adjective in a non-final position appears as
a word with a case ending, not as a modified stem. Examples are:  nidus-avis
(nest of bird),  Myos-otis (ear of mouse),  albo-marginatus (margined with
white), etc. In epithets where tingeing is expressed, the modifying initial
colour often is in the ablative because the preposition  e, ex, is implicit,
e.g.,  atropurpureus (blackish purple) from  ex atro purpureus (purple
tinged with black). "

with "hyphens ... solely for explanatory reasons."

If it is 'albomarginatus' and 'atropurpureus' then why not 'aureostipes'
(without a hyphen)?

Paul van Rijckevorsel
Utrecht, NL

----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Schmitt <m.schmitt at UNI-BONN.DE>
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 3:06 PM

> Dear colleagues,
> this matter is, as far as I see, a bit more difficult than it could seem
at first glance. The ICBN says that the hyphen is to be suppressed except
for the cases specified, which are, e.g. if the epithet is formed by two
words which can normally stand alone. The epithet "aureo-stipes" is such an
epithet: 'aureo' is ablative of aureus = golden, 'stipes' is a noun. Thus,
the hyphen is justified. ICZN obligatorily forbids a hyphen (except if it
connects a single letter denoting a certain feature to a word). Therefore,
it is important to decide whether or not a slime mold should be treated as
an animal or as a plant.

> In textbooks, I find slime molds in either kingdom. The ICBN explicitly
states that names of slime molds are within its scope. The ICZN claims
that for its purpose the term "animal" refers to the Metazoa and also to
protistan taxa when workers treat them as animals for the purpose of
nomenclature (art. 1.1.) and regulates "names of taxa later but not at
first classified as animals" and "names of taxa at some time but not later
classified as animals" (art. 2).

> Consequently, an author must decide whether to treat a taxon in question
as an animal or a plant. If the slime mold taxon under discussion is treated
as an animal, the specific epitheton must not contain a hyphen, if it is
treated as a plant, it must.

>                                  Best regards
>                                    Michael

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