[Taxacom] Haplorhini or Haplo(r)rhini?

Piero Delprete piero.delprete at ird.fr
Thu Apr 23 20:27:10 CDT 2009

Dear all,

in order to decide "Haplorhini" vs. "Haplorrhinus" we should look at  
the genus type of the group, which was originally published as  
"Haplorhinus". In all the references found by Google Scholar the  
generic name is spelled only with one r. So, this should be sufficient  
for deciding and higher group derived from the type.

Also, the spelling "Haplorrhini" is a form of latinization from two  
names derived from Greek: "Haplo" (simple) and "Rhino" (nose). The  
second r is added in many latin names, so that it "sounds better" when  
pronounced. But this has nothing to do with taxonomy, and in my  
opinion generic names should be kept as originally published.


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Quoting Kenneth Kinman <kennethkinman at webtv.net>:

> Hi Michael,
>       I decided to do a search at "Google Scholar", and Haplorhini had
> about 20,000 hits and Haplorrhini only about 100 hits.  A very clear
> consensus.  Google Scholar for Strepsirhini had 990 hits, and
> Strepsirrhini had 405 hits.  This is a lot closer, but still favors
> Strepsirhini.
>       I also think the single "r" spellings (Haplorhini and
> Strepsirhini) are also probably the correct Greek spellings, so they
> appear to have both usage (by scholars) and correct Greek in their
> favor.  Perhaps this is one reason priority doesn't apply to ordinal
> names.
>              -------Ken
> P.S.  I'm not as interested in the other two names, but it seems likely
> that only Catarrhini is correct with the double "r", coming from the
> Greek word katarrhous (and catarrhus in Latin).  However, since
> Platyrrhini is the other member of this pair, perhaps the double "r" is
> best used for both, even if Platyrhini happens to be better Greek.
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