[Taxacom] arazonensis or arizonaensis

Kenneth Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 24 12:30:16 CDT 2019

      I suppose some might that if you usually spell species from Missouri as missouriensis (the "i" is usually not dropped) that you shouldn't drop the "a" from Arizona either.  However, arizonaensis is the uncommon spelling and missouriensis is a common spelling (rarely missourensis).   So there doesn't seem to be much consistency in how to form such names.
       In the case of Kansas, I've seen species names spelled kansensis, kansiensis, kansasensis,and often kansaensis.  Seem to be no agreement on how to deal with Indian words.
       And there is even a third alternative, arizoniensis (which to me looks more "Latin" than arizonaensis).   The University of Kansas seal uses kansiensis:  https://brand.ku.edu/guidelines/ku-seal
P.S.  The University of Arizona seal apparently uses "arizonensis".    So maybe that might be your best bet.

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Subject: [Taxacom] arazonensis or arizonaensis

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.


John Grehan
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