Scientific names

To: Nikolas Haass <>, Dave Torr <>
Subject: Scientific names
From: Martin Cake <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 06:20:26 +0000
Excellent points but I reckon I've got you guys covered on a technicality :)

Firstly Dave (warning - amateur Latin ahead!) I *think* basalis is an ablative 
plural (ie. 'with [bronze] bases'), which will be OK for any gender of genus 
(someone may correct me here?). So hopefully I was right to say the species 
name basalis won't change. But your general point was of course correct and my 
overgeneralisation wrong.

Secondly Nicholas I think I already had you covered when I said it won't change 
"for the type population". Because wouldn’t the type also be the nominate and 
would keep the name by rule of priority? (though perhaps there are exceptions 
to this???)

Anyway glad we're nitpicking about Latin rules not the old IOC vs BirdLife war, 
I clearly settled that one already :)

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