[Taxacom] Latin grammar-related question
jlandolt at shepherd.edu
Wed Mar 25 06:59:16 CDT 2009
Not long ago I asked for advice about Latin grammar in naming a new
species of dictyostelid slime mold in the genus Dictyostelium.
Thanks again to all who responded with the proper spelling of a
specific epithet to go with the neuter noun, Dictyostleium, i.e. D.
There are a few existing species names in the same genus that may
have been "misspelled" in that they have endings like "-sis", "-alis"
In the dictyostelid genus Polysphondylium, there is one species on
the books named P. tikalensis. Would this be grammatically correct?
If there is a grammatical "mistake" in such names and the names are
already published, should such sleeping dogs be allowed to lie
peacefully or is there a serious reason for someone to make formal
I suspect there may be a range of opinion on this and I'm curious.
Research Professor of Biology, Emeritus
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