[Taxacom] the family Tortricidae or just Tortricidae (s'more)
tim.dickinson at utoronto.ca
Tue Oct 13 13:08:49 CDT 2020
I agree with Fred, logic (and context) are everything. "The Torticidae
is a family of..." but "The Tortricidae studied here are ..."
Personally, I prefer to avoid prefixing a family or genus name with "the
family" or "the genus" unless that is called for, again, by the context,
perhaps to avoid confusion. Probably it's a conditioned response to
having grown up with Strunk and White's 'The Elements of Style,' and
seek to omit needless words where possible.
> Re: [Taxacom] the family Tortricidae or just Tortricidae
> "Frederick W. Schueler" <bckcdb at istar.ca>
> 2020-10-13, 12:36 p.m.
> taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> On 13-Oct.-20 11:43 a.m., Richard Jensen via Taxacom wrote:
>> if referring to the family as a single
>> entity, then treat it as singular; when there is a stated or implied
>> reference to only some members of the family, or using the informal name
>> (e.g., rosids, tortricids), then treat it as a plural.
> * but the main point in this is that taxa are nested individuals - the
> higher taxon is a holophyletic individual as is each species of which
> it's composed (and the species is a monophyletic individual made up of
> individual organisms). Whether you use a plural or singular depends on
> whether you're referring to all or some of the subordinate taxa as a
> collective, or to the higher taxon as a single holophyletic
> individual. You get the same thing with other collective entities -
> you can say "the United States is..." or "the United States are..."
> depending on the context.
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