Scientific names

To: Martin Cake <>, Dave Torr <>
Subject: Scientific names
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 02:53:38 -0800 (PST)
Hi Martin,

Firstly, no, basalis (masc), basalis (fem), basale (neutr) is an adjective of 
the 3rd declension (aka 'i declension'). Thus, it can only be nominative or 
genitive singular. Ablative plural would be 'basalibus'. So, in case the genus 
name switches to a neuter name 'basalis' would switch to 'basale' (nominative 
singular neuter). Yeah, finally I can say that Latin as my second language (as 
opposed to English as my third language) was not a waste ;-) 

Secondly, I think you are right regarding type and nominate. But there are 
examples where the English name doesn't remain with the nominate name (e.g. 
Scopoli's Shearwater C. diomedea, Cory's Shearwater C. borealis).



Nikolas Haass

Brisbane, QLD

 From: Martin Cake <>
To: Nikolas Haass <>; Dave Torr <> 
Cc: "" <> 
Sent: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 4:20 PM
Subject: Scientific names

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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