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Re: Thoughts on the biggest morphological bird analysis

Quoting Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com>:


It goes without saying that the ICZN mandates the deletion of the hyphen.

I'm not excusing this practice, but ornithology has a long history of hyphenated taxon names (e.g., Laro-Limicolae).

Hm. I'm not saying it's a great idea, either, but it would be one way to differentiate coordinated groups (Laro-Limicolae = 'gulls and sandpipers') from compounds (Larolimicolae = 'gull-sandpipers' = 'gull-like sandpipers')

Nick Pharris
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan

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