[Taxacom] exuvia versus exuvium
dyanega at ucr.edu
Fri Jun 6 12:29:11 CDT 2008
Hi, all. I seem to be embroiled in an argument, and having trouble
getting a definitive answer. Which is the proper singular form of the
term "exuviae" - is it exuvia, or exuvium? I learned it as the
latter, and some sources back this up, but other sources (including
but not limited to Wikipedia) insist it is the former.
The confusing thing is that Torre-Bueno's glossary of entomology
(usually a definitive source) says that the term only exists as a
plural, and lists BOTH exuvia and exuvium as "synonyms" of exuviae.
In other words, neither (according to T-B) is technically correct -
which, if true, is still quite unsatisfactory, given that there is
surely a need to HAVE a singular term to refer to a cast exoskeleton.
Maybe someone after Torre-Bueno made a decisive statement to settle
If it is definitively NOT "exuvia," I need to change the Wikipedia
entry accordingly, but this requires a genuinely authoritative source
that can be cited, to prevent well-meaning folks from trying to
revert it back. Torre-Bueno's approach (recognizing only the plural
form) will clearly not work there.
Why can't things be simple? ;-)
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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