[Taxacom] Species names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Mon Feb 18 09:14:33 CST 2008

> At 08:38 AM 2/18/2008, James L. Reveal wrote:
>>However, be aware, that when dealing with suprageneric names which are
>>mononomials they should be treated as plurals, e.g., The Campanulaceae are

From: "Thomas G. Lammers" <lammers at uwosh.edu>
> Indeed.  I think the confusion comes in because we sometimes use the
> family name as a noun in apposition to its rank, which is then the actual 
> subject of the sentence, e.g., "The family Campanulaceae is ..."   As a 
> result, "Campanulaceae is" does not grate on our ears as it should.

> Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Yes. However, it only becomes really bad when this takes the form
"Lobelia is a Campanulaceae". Sometimes I encounter
"Lobelia is a Campanulacea", but this singular does not look like a good
idea either.


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