[Taxacom] exuvia versus exuvium
spies at zi.biologie.uni-muenchen.de
Fri Jun 6 13:29:03 CDT 2008
> Which is the proper singular form of the term "exuviae" - is it
> exuvia, or exuvium?
Neither. There is no singular form.
> Torre-Bueno's glossary of entomology (usually a definitive source)
> says that the term only exists as a plural
So far, Torre-Bueno's advice is as "definitve" as usual. Wikipedia and
the like don't come with enough authority to doubt that.
> and lists BOTH exuvia and exuvium as "synonyms" of exuviae.
Incorrect synonyms, may be, if there is such a thing.
> there is surely a need to HAVE a singular term
Why? (And I don't mean to start that singular/plural debate that was
raging a little while ago.)
> Why can't things be simple?
They are if we let them. ;-)
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