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Re: -oidea in Genus Names (short!)



Quoting "Jaime A. Headden" <qilongia@yahoo.com>:

>   -oidea is an appropriate stem for any name. I'm fairly certain the name
> is not a mispelling, typographical error, editorial misprint, villianous
> editorial misconduct, etc. 

My guess would be that the genus names are the feminine singular of a Latinized 
ending -oideus, while the higher-level names are neuter plural either of the 
Latinized ending or of the original Greek ending -o(e)ide:s.

--Nick P.