[Taxacom] exuvia versus exuvium

Vinícius Antonio de Oliveira Dittrich vinarc at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 15:11:01 CDT 2008

   Response from Tarciso Filgueiras (tfilg at uol.com.br) to the question.
   Best wishes

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From: tfilg <tfilg at uol.com.br>
Date: 6 juin 2008 17:00
Subject: Re:Exuvia versus exuvium
To: vinarc <vinarc at gmail.com>

To whom it may concern:

My approach to this problem is very simple. Therefore, it may or may not
help your quest for a satisfactory anwser.The standard Latin diccionaires
register the word as one of those that are used only in the plural (exuviae,
exuviarum; reliquiae, reliquiarum, etc.). But in the particular world of
biology, this word has been simplified and has been used as a noun of the
first Latin declension (exuvia, ae, f.). For that, the best source of
information, an authoritative one, is Brown, 1956 (Composition of scientific
words, Smithsonian Institution Press), p. 312 (exuvia) and p. 716 (exuvia,
under "skin", slough).
In brief, for biological purposes, exuvia is the singular form and exuviae
the plural. I found no basis for the use of "exuvium".

Tarciso S. Filgueiras, botanist (also doubles as professor of botanical

   Dr. Vinícius Antonio de Oliveira Dittrich
   Pós-doutorando, Departamento de Botânica,
   Caixa Postal 486, 30123-970, Belo
   Horizonte, MG, Brasil
   Tel.: 55 (31) 3409-2678
   Cel.: 55 (31) 9405-1618
   Skype: vinacrt

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