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> Shouldn't the family name be Irritatidae; or have the new rules that say that
> you don't abbreviate the type genus' name when making a family's name already
> come into effect?
The rules never did exactly specify "abbreviation". What they
specify (now) is to use the Latin *stem* form and add the suffix
'-idae' to that. If the genus name is coined, or from some language
other than Latin of Greek, then it is treated as invariant.
Now, if _Irritator_ is a Latin word (which is not clear) then it is
an r-stem, so the stem is just "irritator". Thus, either way, the
family name is correct as it stands.
A stem is derived from a genus name by removing the case suffix from
the genitive singular. To see how this works one can use "pus" = "foot"
as an example.
A partial declension is;
Thus the stem is "pod-", as in "Ornithipodia".
[Greek 'pes' works about the same, coming out as 'ped-'].
A partial declension for "saurus" is:
Gen. saur- (Ack, I forget the correct Gen. ending for this declension)
which gives us the stem "saur-".
Now, for an r-stem, we have:
Gen. pateres (I think, or maybe paterae or something like that).
which gives a stem of "pater-", which is identical to the nominative.
The peace of God be with you.