[Taxacom] SUSPECT: Re: Species names

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Tue Feb 19 13:52:51 CST 2008

Well, I object, Jim. Although the ICBN says "The name of a family is a
plural adjective used as a noun . . . " I think the word "family" is
understood, and the sentence is then "The [family] Campanulaceae is . .
. " not are. 

Otherwise, I suppose Reveal are correct.  :)


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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of James L. Reveal
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 8:39 AM
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Subject: SUSPECT: Re: [Taxacom] Species names

However, be aware, that when dealing with suprageneric names which are
mononomials they should be treated as plurals, e.g., The Campanulaceae

Jim Reveal
James L. Reveal, Professor
L.H. Bailey Hortorium
Department of Plant Biology
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Cornell University
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> At 07:27 AM 2/18/2008, Richard Jensen wrote:
>  >>"Species names" are composed of a combination of generic and
> epithets (a noun and an adjective) and should be treated as nouns,
> "Quercus rubra" is the subject of the following sentence and requires,
> my view, a singular verb:  "Quercus rubra is a species of oak native
> North America."<<
> This is still true, IMO, if the specific epithet is a noun in genitive
> case
> (e.g., Quercus bushii) or a noun in apposition (Acer negundo).
> the
> grammatical term we need is "noun phrase"?
> Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
> Department of Biology and Microbiology
> University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
> Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA
> e-mail:       lammers at uwosh.edu
> phone:      920-424-1002
> fax:           920-424-1101
> Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
> biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.
> Webpages:
> http://www.uwosh.edu/departments/biology/Lammers.htm
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