[Taxacom] Tegula, tegulae, tegulum, etc.

Robin Leech releech at telus.net
Tue May 10 08:37:28 CDT 2011

Very interesting indeed.  One never knows where the
threads of thought and knowledge carry these topics.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul van Rijckevorsel" <dipteryx at freeler.nl>
To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:28 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Tegula, tegulae, tegulum, etc.

> Oh, sure. It was introduced (formally at least) at the 1950,
> Stockholm Congress, at the suggestion of  H.J.Lam, as a
> shorthand notation for "taxonomic group". Given the exact
> phrasing (" Taxonomic groups of any category will, in this Code,
> be referred to as taxa (singular: taxon)." ) one might say that the
> introduced term is the plural "taxa", with taxon the singular form.
> The French rendition of the botanical Code at first followed this,
> but switched to the plural form "taxons" in the 1972 edition.
> Zoology also adopted the term taxon, although with a slightly
> different definition. The French rendition of the zoological Code
> switched to the plural form "taxons" only with the 1999 edition.
> Paul
> From: "Curtis Clark" lists at curtisclark.org
> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:07 AM
>> On 2011-05-09 11:31, dipteryx at freeler.nl wrote:
>>> It looks safe to me to say that taxons is the French plural form of
>>> taxon.
>> Although I prefer "taxa", it is my understanding that "taxon" is a
>> coined word without classical use.
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