Nereididae one more time

Daniel Martin dani at
Wed Aug 7 06:55:53 EST 1996

Tom Perkins wrote

> Basically, Article 29(a) of the Code states that family group name "is
>formed by adding to the stem > of the GENUS name [in this case the stem of
>the genitive singular Nereidis, which is Nereid-] the
> latinized suffix -IDAE to form a family name" . . This is explained
>fairly well in Table 2 of
> Appendix D of the of the Code, which I really doubt is incorrect.

Dear anelidans,

I am really far to be fluent in (ancient) Latin and Greek. My Latin / Greek
are almost exclusively reserved to refer to polychaetes and some more
organisms in a scientific framework. However, I would like to pose a simple
question which, certainly, would reveal my poor knowledge (I am sorry,

Why the GENUS to which the Code refers to should by "Nereidis / Nereid" and
not "Nereis" which is the genus name of a large number of the species of
the Family?

I any case, I am one of those preferring Nereidae in front of Nereididae.
The former is older, looks more similar to Nereis and, in agreement with
Mary Petersen, sounds better.


Dr. Daniel Martin
Centre d'Estudis Avancats de Blanes (C.S.I.C.)
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