[Taxacom] ICZN - gender of genus-group name ending in -ops
dyanega at ucr.edu
Sun May 15 23:37:15 CDT 2016
On 5/15/16 4:45 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> Hi Margaret,
> I would say that the gender is unambiguously masculine according to Art. 30.1 (particularly 220.127.116.11). However, the Code is generally increasing in ambiguity/vagueness overall, particularly in relation to maintaining "current usage". My own approach is to maintain "current usage" in such cases, but to note the potential nomenclatural problem. In other words, I think that it is better to note such problems, rather than to try to "fix" them oneself, particularly since it can influence "current usage" in ways which might make things even less clear. Given that it is a rather minor issue, we can live with the problem, but hopefully, one day, the ICZN might sort it out once and for all.
None of the portions of the Code that make reference to "prevailing
usage" apply to gender. Compliance with gender agreement is mandatory,
not subject to "usage", and not even always dependent on the original
author's assignment of gender.
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
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