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Oak Timberworm - Arrhenodes minutus - female

Oak Timberworm - Arrhenodes minutus - Female
Parkwood, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
May 29, 2006
Size: 15 mm
Found next to a lighted window, captured and posed. Length was 12 mm, not including the snout (proboscis), 15 mm with it.

ITIS lists the species name as minuta, not minutes, as do some other sources, so I'm presuming that is the more current name. (See discussion for resolution.)

well....
ITIS cites Poole & Gentili as their source for the spelling "minuta" - as a rule, thats a mistake, as they didn't follow the ICZN with respect to the gender endings - they only list the original spelling. For purposes of nomenclature, the ending [nodes] is pertinent - Latin: nodus, nodi (2nd declension masculine noun) "knot". See article and my comments at the bottom.

 
Already back to minutes
I had second thoughts after making this comment and changing the guide page--returning to minutes, which agrees with the gender of the genus name, uhh, I think. (I took quite a bit of Latin, but it is rusty! All I seem to remember is how to decline hic: hic, haec, hoc, huius, huius, huius, hunc, hac, hoc, or something like that.)

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

 
Arrhenodes minutus
All of this discussion caused me to check the more recent and authoritative references (NOT ITIS [unless a specialist did the group], NOT Poole & Gentili [most groups not authoritatively checked]), and the correct name seems to be A. minutus (fide the chapter in American Beetles by Bob Anderson & Dave Kissinger; also referring to the treatment of the small families of the Curculionoidea by Don Bright). A. minutes seems to be a misspelling, though I had been ineffectually wondering if it was in the neuter gender of a genus with a Greek root.

If whomever is in charge of editing the names for this group could change the name to "minutus", future generations would be forever grateful.

 
minutus done in a minute
I changed the species name spelling, and there is a reference to this discussion in the guide page.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

 
Thanks
Nice to be efficient.