Weirdness of ICBN and ICZN too!

Vid Strpic strpic at OLIMP.IRB.HR
Thu Jan 4 19:30:13 CST 1996

At 19:19 04.01.96, josephl at wrote:

>   There are also a lot of things assumed but not spelled out. I was
>stunned last year when I submitted a paper to Taxon using the format I
>was taught to use for citation of authors of infraspecific taxa, i.e.:
>Planta hypothetica Smith var. erotica Jones.
>I was told by the editors of Taxon that the "Smith" in the above example
>is a violation of the ICBN. It took quite a bit of searching and
>correspondence to convince me that they were right. The ICBN says that a
>trinomial consists of a species name plus the abbreviation of the rank
>(i.e. "var.") plus the infraspecific epithet. Jones, in the above
>example, coined the entire trinomial not just the epithet. Smith had
>nothing to do with the varietal name and the ICBN does not support
>sticking his name in the middle of it. This practice is very common and
>very useful, and I would support changing the ICBN to allow it. The fact
>that it currently does not takes quite a bit of study to understand.
>   I wish to express a warm "thank you" to Dr. Reveal for his lengthy and
>thoughtful answer to my previous query.
>Joe Laferriere

Something similar is also in the ICZN. Everyone cites varieties, subspecies
and so on without original author of the species. I was wondering why... and
I just intended to publish a paper with names with oriiinal authors... and
now I will not.

Thanks, Joe and the rest.

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