new species names in theses.

Wolfgang Wuster w.wuster at BANGOR.AC.UK
Wed Jan 10 09:39:11 CST 1996

On Wed, 10 Jan 1996, Atilano Contreras-Ramos wrote:

>         I would appreciate some comments about including new species
> names (i.e., as in a publication) in theses or dissertations.  Any formal
> objections?  I think it might save time for using same material for
> subsequent publication.  Thanks in advance.

There are no formal objections to this, although the names would not be
regarded as published under the provisions of the code.

However, unless you publish the names in a formal paper quite quickly,
you risk that someone else may see them in your thesis and then
inadvertently or malevolently use them in a publication, thus robbing you
of the authorship of the names and confusing the taxonomic situation.

If you want to play it safe, you might do better to refer to them as
_genusname_ n.sp. 1, _genusname_ n.sp. 2, etc. in your dissertation, and
then simply edit the text to insert the real name of the species when you
publish your work, and cross-reference the designations in your thesis and
your publication as appropriate.

Hope this helps.
Wolfgang Wuster
School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor, UK
e-mail: w.wuster at

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