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Re: *Triceratops horrida*
You are overlooking this bit from the ICZN:
188.8.131.52. A compound genus-group name ending in -ops is to be treated
as masculine, regardless of its derivation or of its treatment by
Ah, thanks. That solves the problem. :-)
Now, *why* the ICZN specifies this I do not now.
Maybe some popular 19th-century dictionary erroneously stated it was
masculine, and then so many genus names ending in it had been treated as
masculine that changing that would have been too much work? Of course I
don't know how old "the esteemed Lidell & Scott" is itself.