[Taxacom] zoological nomenclature species question

Thomas Pape tpape at snm.ku.dk
Thu Jul 5 12:06:34 CDT 2018


>>> So if this were a species name it would be Yuliyae

The spelling "yuliyae" will be Code-compliant.

There is no requirement in the zoological Code, "that the whole name has to be in its Latin equivalent - that Yuliya has to be as Julia". 
Note also, that Article 3.1.2. states that "... the stem of [a species-group name formed directly from a modern personal name] is determined by the action of the original author when forming the genitive". This means that also "yuliae" would be a Code-compliant spelling.


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From: Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> On Behalf Of John Grehan
Sent: 5. juli 2018 18:14
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Subject: [Taxacom] zoological nomenclature species question

Dear colleagues,

I would be grateful for opinions on a situation concerning the correct spelling of a species name under the current rules. This concerns a Russian name for which the Latin spelling is Yuliya. So if this were a species name it would be Yuliyae. This has been widely applied to species names (usually in combination with a family name) in the taxonomic literature, including by some prominent and experienced taxonomists.

However, I have received one counter point that the Latin name equivialent is Julia and so the correct species name spelling would be Juliae because the rule states "A species-group name formed from a personal name that is Latin, or from a modern personal name that is or has been latinized." and so Yuliyae would represent a misspelling that would be subject to future emendation.

What I do not see explicit in the rule is that the whole name has to be in its Latin equivalent - that Yuliya has to be as Julia. The name Юлия - in Russian language, translates directly to Latin English will be Yuliya (and that is what happens with Google translated. To me this would be consistent with names that do not necessarily have a whole name Latin counterpart.

If there are any Russian language members of TAXACOM who could weigh in I would be most grateful. I do intent do use Yuliya since it has several precedents and is the preference of the collector.

Many thanks,

John Grehan
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