A correction concerning the gender of the generic name Gomphoides (Anisoptera: Gomphidae)
Odonatologica , Volume 3 - Issue 3 p. 179- 180
The generic name Gomphoides (Selys, 1854), by virtue of the adjectival endings of the species originally and subsequently included in the genus is to be regarded as of the feminine gender, not masculine as stated in my recent paper (1973, Occ. Papers, Mus. Zool., Univ. Michigan No. 668). Phyllogomphoides (Belle, 1970), as indicated by the species included, is masculine. In attempting to change the endings of specific names to agree with the supposed gender of a generic name, one may find himself rather than the original describer to be in error. This is the embarrassing position in which I find myself in regard to the gender for the genus Gomphoides as given in my recent paper (GLOYD, 1973:3). After its publication, I learned from Professor H.D. Cameron of the Greek & Latin and Classical Studies Department, University of Michigan, that Greek words ending in -oides in their Latin transliteration form can be either masculine, feminine, or neuter.
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