[Taxacom] arazonensis or arizonaensis

Ohl, Michael Michael.Ohl at mfn.berlin
Wed Jul 24 12:14:51 CDT 2019


arizonae is grammatically possible, but in Latin, the simple genitive case is usually used to denote possession. "Arizona's beetle", which is not exactly what you want to say. The Latin suffix -ensis means the habitat or origin, either geographically (capensis) or reference to habitat (hortensis). 

Arizonensis or arizonaensis depends on whether this name is treated as a word with a Latin ending or not. If you accept it as a modern name, arizonaensis would be correct. If you treat the ending -a- in Arizona as classic Latin, then arizon- would be the stem, which would result in arizonensis. Similar cases regarding personal names are mentioned in the Code (fabricii versus fabriciusi, Art. 31.1.1). So both versions are code-compliant, but treating even modern words, which end on -us, -a or -um, as Latin is by far more common.

Cheers, Michael    


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An: Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
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Betreff: Re: [Taxacom] arazonensis or arizonaensis

Thanks for the quick feedback. And of course I meant arizonensis. When typing my fingers always want to type ara instead of ari. They need better training. I infer that there is nothing in the code to preclude abbreviating 'Arizona' to 'arizon' as in arizonensis?

John Grehan

On Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 12:26 PM Doug Yanega via Taxacom < taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:

> On 7/24/19 9:16 AM, John Grehan via Taxacom wrote:
> > I am describing a new bug from Arizona. A colleague of mine says 
> > that to name it with reference to that state the name should be arazonaensis.
> But I
> > have also seen species (e.g. the desert scorpion Hadrurus 
> > arizonensis)
> with
> > the other form. Under whatever rules apply is there anything 
> > incorrect
> with
> > arazonensis which is a little easier to say than arazonaensis? Any
> informed
> > opinion most welcome.
> >
> Among insects, there are over 200 species names spelled "arizonensis"
> and 0 spelled "arizonaensis". Make of that what you will.
>
> Peace,
>
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