Proper Scientific name

JoBiz_UFPR bizarro at
Sat Oct 28 05:20:12 EDT 2000

Dear Ron

Thanks for your AMEN. Forgive me if I was too much assertive.

Today I would like to comment on the following to those who might be
interested in Latin as scientific tongue for zoological nomenclature (PLEASE

Latin language (also German)  has what is called 'declinations', each one
bearing up to 5 cases: Nominative, accusative, genitive, ablative, etc.
The genitive indicates possession, belonging to, etc. So, the "i" or "ii" is
the way to 'genitivise' the person's or locality name according to one of
declinations (I not sure which one would be in this case: may be the second
or third)


 from the First Declination (words finishing in "a", such as Rose: "rosa,
rosae (plural)"; In this declination, the genitive is 'ae' for singular and
'arum' for plural: 'rosarum'.

"Pieris brassicae" literally means 'the pieris from the cabbage (brassica);
"from de" being expressed by 'ae'. If one wanted to say 'the Pieris from the
cabbages', it would turned out : "Pieris brassicarum"

Euphydryas gilletii means 'Gillett's Euphydryas, or in a present day Latin
language such as Spanish:
La Euphydryas de Gillett.

The question I ignore is why it has two "ii", because the genitive singular
would be a single 'i'. I'm sure there is a reason/rule for that but I
ignored it.

It is not the first time that I happen to come on such cases; some keep only
one vowel, in others two.

As I said, certainly there is a rule, but I am not aware of it. May be if
the proper name would happen to be Gillette, for some reason the 'e' could
become 'í', followed by the genitive particle 'i'; thus making 'ii'.

Best wishes!


-----Mensagem original-----
De: David Webster <david.h.webster at>
Para: rgatrelle at <rgatrelle at>
Cc: leps-l at <leps-l at>
Data: Quinta-feira, 26 de Outubro de 2000 22:56
Assunto: Re: Proper Scientific name

>>     3) The use of a double i at the end of the name was also a
>> "traditional" way of Latinizing a masculine name. Neither Comstock nor
>> Miller/Brown erred in the usage of a single i. This is true for two
>> First, according to the ICZN code, a single or double i ending is
>> to be an identical spelling -- either are accepted so neither is wrong.
>> However, the ICZN establishes the single i as preferable -- which is
>> precisely why Miller/Brown rendered it as gilletti. Miller/Brown
>> many names in that list to make them conform to the rules of the ICZN.
>> Miller/Brown does not follow anyone. They followed the ICZN. Dyar's
>> gillettei is wrong.


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