[Taxacom] Botanical (algal) families ending in -ataceae

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Sun Oct 21 19:14:05 CDT 2012


Of course Pleurosigma and Pterosperma also follow the examples shown by Jim, I just realised, so nothing odd there either.

- Tony


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> ending in -ataceae
> 
> Jim- aha! Sounds very reasonable. So maybe the next edition of the
> Botanical Code could benefit from a worked example of this type,
> instead of 2 sets of examples not like this...
> 
> If you check the list below where I have found examples it does seem
> most of them are base on type genera ending in -nema, or -oma,
> Pleurosigmataceae being an exception (based on Pleurosigma) and also
> Pterospermataceae based on Pterosperma. But maybe these need chasing on
> a case by case basis, as well as possibly others not in that list.
> 
> Cheers - Tony
> 
> From: Jim Croft [mailto:jim.croft at gmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, 22 October 2012 10:38 AM
> To: Rees, Tony (CMAR, Hobart)
> Cc: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Botanical (algal) families ending in -ataceae
> 
> Consulted a local Latin scholar and the word is it is a Greek thing.
> Something about Latinization of neuter nouns of greek origin, yada,
> yada, yada, beating me about the head with a copy of Stearn's Botanical
> Latin'.
> 
> For example, the plural of stoma is stomata, thus the family from the
> genus stem Melastoma (an non-alga, btw) is Melastomataceae. -nema, -
> stigma, -sigma, -sperma are also Greekish. Brought to you be the
> letters 'm' and 'a'.
> 
> Genus stems ending in -is also do something weird, and I suspect the
> Greeks are involved here too: Xyridaceae, Orchidaceae, Grammitidaceae,
> Iridaeae, Centrolepidaceae, Pteridaceae, Dipteridaceae, etc.
> 
> jim
> 
> On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM,
> <Tony.Rees at csiro.au<mailto:Tony.Rees at csiro.au>> wrote:
> Dear Taxacomers,
> 
> I am trying to reconcile variant spellings which have crept into my
> taxon lists from a range of print and electronic sources, and have
> arrived at mainly (exlusively?) algal families cited as ending in -
> ataceae in some sources vs. -aceae in others, for example
> Skeletonomataceae Lebour, 1930, cited in Round et al. "Biology of
> Diatoms", 1990, vs. Skeletonemaceae (present usage in AlgaeBase and
> elsewhere), both the same taxon based on the type genus Skeletonema.
> There are also some 20+ other cases including (e.g.) Acanthocerataceae,
> Borzinemataceae, Dicranemataceae, Gomphonemataceae, Goniodomataceae,
> Monostromataceae, Myrionemataceae, Nemastomataceae, Neonemataceae,
> Pascherinemataceae, Phragmonemataceae, Pleurosigmataceae,
> Pterospermataceae and more, from a range of sources, seemingly all
> algal families so far as I can tell.
> 
> I cannot find anything in the most recent botanical Code supporting
> this type of formation of family names so was wondering what the basis
> might be and whether there is any reason not to go with the shorter
> form as correct. However the "long form" is definitely still in
> circulation as a search of Google scholar will attest, example:
> 
> http://scholar.google.com.au/scholar?q=skeletonemataceae+&hl=en&as_sdt=
> 0%2C5
> 
> On the other hand there are adjacent families - for example
> Thalassiosiraceae in diatoms, close to Skeletonem[at]ceae, seemingly
> never encountered in the "longer" format.
> 
> I was thinking that maybe it might depend on the original spelling as
> proposed, and whether mandatory corrections may then apply or not. Any
> advice (particularly from algologists maybe) would be appreciated.
> 
> Regards - Tony
> 
> 
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