[Taxacom] ICZN - gender of genus-group name ending in -ops
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon May 16 16:31:23 CDT 2016
>Therefore they are spelled identically, as far as the Code is concerned, and accordingly "prevailing usage" either applies to all the alternatives, or none.<
But does the Code actually make that clear? Consistently so? THAT is the question. It is all very well you saying that it is so, but that carries no official weight. The glossary definition of "variant spellings" only refers to homonymy, not to "prevailing usage of spelling".
On Tue, 17/5/16, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] ICZN - gender of genus-group name ending in -ops
To: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>, mthayer at fieldmuseum.org, taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Received: Tuesday, 17 May, 2016, 9:23 AM
2:00 PM, Stephen Thorpe
The Code glossary does include:
Different spellings of specific or subspecific names
that are deemed to be identical for the purposes of the
Principle of Homonymy [Art. 58].
What is still unclear is whether "prevailing
usage" provisions in the Code make a clear distinction
between spelling and gender.
Suppose a new species was described as Aus pulcher. The
epithets pulcher and pulchra differ only in gender.
Therefore they are spelled identically, as far as the
concerned, and accordingly "prevailing usage"
either applies to all
the alternatives, or none. Changing an epithet to
gender is not changing its spelling, otherwise the forms
be identical, could they?
So, what is the original spelling for the
nominal species? What is the correct original spelling? That
depends on the gender of Aus.
The correct original spelling is, effectively,
pulcher, pulchrum, or pulchra, rather than any one of
these - until
it is placed in combination with a genus name. Very much
They're identical, by definition, so it doesn't
matter what gender
the genus is as far as the Code is concerned; generic
a temporary thing, and the Code is written so as to
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