[Taxacom] Gender of the genus name Xymmer
dyanega at ucr.edu
Wed Jul 13 17:42:39 CDT 2011
> I would like to ask you if someone can guess the gender of the
>following genus name: Xymmer.
> Xymmer is an ant genus name.
>This genus was described by Santschi (1914) as a monotypic subgenus,
>and Stigmatomma (Xymmer) muticum was designated as the type species.
>Unfortunately, the author did not provide any etymology for this name.
>This subgenus was synonymized with the genus Amblyopone, and former
>S. muticum is called as Amblyopone mutica now.
>I would like to resurrect Xymmer as a genus from synonymy, however,
>I could not find the correct spelling of the type species, either
>Xymmer muticus, mutica, or muticum.
>I would be grateful if some of you could give me some suggestions.
>Do you know if it is derived from any old greek word? Or do you
>think it might refer to something else, such as a person's or
"Xymmer" is an arbitrary combination of letters, an anagram for
"Myrmex". It is masculine, by default, unless the author specified
otherwise. Thus, were it to be used as a genus name, the combination
would be "Xymmer muticus (Santschi, 1914)".
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
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