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Species Epithets and Gender Information

Dan H. Nicolson
Taxon
Vol. 35, No. 2 (May, 1986), pp. 323-328
DOI: 10.2307/1221280
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1221280
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Species Epithets and Gender Information
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Abstract

Adjectives (including participles) and nouns are regularly used as species epithets. Nouns maintain their gender and are grammatically independent of the generic name but adjectives indicate the gender of the generic name to the extent they have three, two or only one ending(s) in nominative singular. Generalizations and exceptions are presented with examples.

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