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Re: Camarillasaurus, new Early Cretaceous ceratosaur theropod from Spain
From: Ben Creisler
"*Camarillasaurus cirugedae* sp. nov.
Etymology: The species name cirugedae comes from the surname of the
person who found the bones, Pedro Cirugeda Buj."
As far as I know, Pedro is a male name, in Spanish, so the correct
epithet should be *cirugedai* !
Note that the surname Cirugeda would be a first-declension noun in
Latin and so would have a genitive case Cirugedae regardless of the
masculine gender of the person named. Some first-declension nouns and
names in Latin were masculine (agricola, Numa).
The ICZN mentions this option.
Chapter 7, Article 31:
31.1 "Nicolaus Poda, even though the name of a man, if accepted as a
Latin name, gives podae."
Under current ICZN rules, either cirugedae or cirugedai--or even
cirugedi--would be correct.