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#1 2017-10-10 15:01:43

oceanlis2000
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Name: Array Array
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Muscidae

Hello

Hope you are all well.

I would be grateful if someone could tell me why


Thricops hirtula (Zetterstedt, 1838) was changed to Thricops hirtulus (Zetterstedt, 1838)


Thank you


Elisabeth

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#2 2017-10-10 17:31:59

Tony Irwin
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Re: Muscidae

Thricops used to be regarded as a feminine noun, so adjectives used as specific names would end in "a". In the 1985 edition of the Code (for Zoological Nomenclature), Article 30(a) states that all names ending in "ops" are to be regarded as masculine, so adjectival species names must end in "us".  [All explained on p.xii of the 1998 checklist.]

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#3 2017-10-11 16:08:02

oceanlis2000
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Re: Muscidae

Thanks Tony, again you have explained it very well.

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