Naming classes of prokaryotes based on the rules of latin grammar

Aharon Oren*, Maria Chuvochina, Bernhard Schink, Stefano Ventura

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Recently a proposal was published to unify Rules 7, 8 and 9 of the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes. Based on this proposal, all names of taxa above the rank of genus must be in the feminine gender, the plural number. For the rank of class, this proposal contravenes Principle 3 of the Code, which states that the scientific names of all taxa are treated as Latin. The –ia ending of most names of classes belongs to nominative plural nouns of the neuter gender.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number003311
Pages (from-to)1526-1527
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2019

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