4. Gender agreement (between species and genus name) is very controversial. Which Articles deal with this? Can you explain why it is required, and do you agree?


Submitted by rebet on

Article 31.2 addresses the agreement in gender. As binomial
names were often given in Latin or Greek, it makes sense to follow grammatical
rules of each of these languages. It adds a further standardization procedure
and minimizes variation in naming.

I think people would have a better grasp of why binomial
names take the form that they do if there was a wider usage of Latin and Greek
grammar and therefore better understanding. This rule should minimize spelling
mistakes but it is instead quite confusing with incorrectly formed names
appearing in print. Variations of spellings of a species name can also result
in all the information relevant to the one species not appearing in the same
place e.g. hits on search engines. There is also the added difficulty of
species names not necessarily being in Latin or Greek and therefore having no
apparent gender. This can lead to more lengthy discussions on what gender it
should be but the outcome seems arbitrary and should, in my opinion, be
avoided. In nowadays society, scrapping this rule may actually lead to less
spelling variations and time saved on discussing appropriate genders for new

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