[Taxacom] Latin grammar-related question

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at uwosh.edu
Wed Mar 25 07:17:50 CDT 2009

At 05:59 AM 3/25/2009, John Landolt wrote:
>In the dictyostelid genus Polysphondylium, there is one species on
>the books named P. tikalensis.  Would this be grammatically correct?

That looks to be a grammatically neuter generic name, so the specific 
epithet would be "tikalense" to agree in gender.

>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

There is not really any formal process for correcting them.  We are just 
supposed to start doing it correctly.  In a monograph or other formal 
bibliographic citation of the name, one should do this for the sake of 

Polysphondylium tikalense Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 3: 2345 (1753), as 'tikalensis'.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

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