White-cheeked Honeyeater

To: Clive Nealon <>
Subject: White-cheeked Honeyeater
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 06:31:13 +0000

Looks like there is some confusion over whether the word Phylidonyris is male 
or female, as Nigra is feminine and Niger is male. The specific epithet must 
always follow the gender of the genus, if you are using Latin for your 
nomenclature. It is not an uncommon mistake in scientific nomenclature.

Carl Clifford

> On 22 Jun 2015, at 4:17 pm, Clive Nealon <> wrote:
> Greetings,
> Can someone explain, please, why HANZAB, Pizzey & Knight (8th Ed), and
> Morcombe field guides list White-cheeked Honeyeater as Phylidonyris nigra,
> and
> IOC and Christidis & Boles list it as Phylidonyris niger?
> Thanks.
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