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Mediomastus californicus???

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.co.nz
Sun Feb 2 16:00:27 EST 2003

I wrote:
> geographic adjectival endings like 'iensis' are rock solid.  

Well some rocks are more solid than others!   An assignment to a neuter 
genus requires  the 'is' to become 'e'.  Thus my assertion was incorrect.  But 
fortunately neuter genera are not that common.      

Why is the code still binding us to observe minor nuances of Latin grammar 
such as above when stability of names is so crucial?  The new 2000 code 
preamble states the advantage of treating original spellings as invariable 
(seriously considered at the draft stage) would have been that electronic 
searching was facilitated.  That the editorial committee did not also have in 
mind the elimination of the time-wasting confusions and uncertainties such 
as illustrated by this thread is rather surprising.       

  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.co.nz>

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