[Taxacom] Abbreviation of Latin genus names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Sat Oct 12 03:13:27 CDT 2013

From: "Weakley, Alan" <weakley at bio.unc.edu>
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2013 11:53 PM

> The issue of how to abbreviate these is kind of a fraught editorial issue. 
> In the olden days, when we were more literate and Latinate, no-one would 
> have abbreviated Aegilops tauschii as A. tauschii; that is wrong!  The 
> "Ae" letter combination is not separable

I would say this is indeed an editorial issue, a matter of
editorial policy of the magazine concerned. These days
it seems to be common to just use a single letter.

Do note that "Ae" does not necessarily equate to "Æ": it is
(was)  Æsculus  but there is also  Aëtoxylon.


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