[Taxacom] gender of genus "Creobroter"

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Tue Dec 18 15:29:03 CST 2007


broter, brotos is masculine, meaning eater; hence Creo-broter is 


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> From: Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
> Subject: [Taxacom] gender of genus "Creobroter"
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> Hi. I can't seem to track down a meaning (and therefore a gender) for 
> "-broter". From the online references to the genus, there are names 
> in present use formed both ways (e.g., Creobroter gemmatus and 
> Creobroter elongata) - this is plainly impossible, but see 
> http://tolweb.org/Creobroter/12627 - evidently, when the genus was 
> created in 1838, it only included previously-described taxa (i.e., 
> Serville apparently did not name any new species to thereby give an 
> indication of intended gender). I can't easily get ahold of 
> Serville's description to check how he formed the names of the 
> included species. Does anyone here happen to know for certain whether 
> it's masculine or feminine?
> Thanks,

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