Taxon swap aaaaaa 48px Taxonomic Swap 61471 (Committed on 2019-08-22)

Because Paradoxurus is a masculine genus, the epithet should correctly be displayed as musangus, as adopted by the cited authors.

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Added by bobby23 on August 22, 2019 14:37 | Committed by bobby23 on August 22, 2019
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The original name was Viverra musanga, from the Malay word for the animal, musang (https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/754982#page/281/mode/1up). I think that makes musanga a noun in apposition rather than an adjective, which would mean it doesn't change gender when the genus changes (https://code.iczn.org/formation-and-treatment-of-names/article-31-species-group-names)
Do you know if that's true @jakob?

Posted by jwidness about 1 year ago (Flag)
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It sounds as if it should be handled like that - a noun in apposition - and in that case maintain the original spelling irrespective of the current combination. Generally, I would stick to whatever the mammal taxonomy is that we're currently using, and not follow the primary literature.

Posted by jakob about 1 year ago (Flag)
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When I initially split Paradoxurus hermaphroditus sensu lato (https://www.inaturalist.org/taxon_changes/61386), I retained the epithet musanga indiscriminately because that was what the MDD had used on their taxon page (https://mammaldiversity.org/species-account.php?genus=paradoxurus&species=musanga). However, as pointed out by @leptonia, they cite Veron et al. (2014) as the source for the species name, which adopts a different epithet (musangus). Because there was no explanation as to why the epithet is different between the cited literature and the taxon page under "Taxon Notes", I had assumed this was in error. However, from what you describe, it seems likely it was changed to follow Article 31.

Would it be preferred that we retain P. musanga over P. musangus?

Posted by bobby23 about 1 year ago (Flag)
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Yeah, it seems pretty clear that Veron et al. changed it to musangus in error. You can even see the musanga epithet correctly used with the Paradoxurus genus in MSW3: https://www.departments.bucknell.edu/biology/resources/msw3/browse.asp?id=14000333.

Posted by jwidness about 1 year ago (Flag)
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Posted by bobby23 about 1 year ago (Flag)
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Thanks!

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