More on lists of available generic names
ascheltema at CLIFF.WHOI.EDU
Tue Jul 16 11:17:54 CDT 1996
On looking back through issues of _Malacologia_, I read the following
articles, which others needing to know available generic names might
be interested in:
Bouchet, P. & J-P Rocroi. 1992. Supraspecific names of molluscs: a
quantitative review. Malacologia 34: 75-86. "At least 20 percent of
the recently introduced taxa [of Mollusca] escape the _Zoological
Edwards, M.A. & M.J. Thorne. 1993. Reply to "Supraspecific names of
molluscs: a quantitative review." Malacologia 35: 153-154. "Each
section of the _Zoological Record_ carries a request to authors to
provide copies of recent publications for indexing purposes..."
Bouchet, P. & J-P Rocroi. 1993. The lottery of bibliography
databases: a reply to Edwards & Thorne. Malacologia 35: 407-410.
"...we have analyzed the place of publication of 370 genus-group names
[of Mollusca] omitted from _Nomenclator Zoologicus_ and _ZR_ [Zool.
Rec.]...starting with the letters A-K...." "... 141 omitted names
(38%) were published in books and series; 153 names (41%) were
published in main-stream journals; 76 names (21%) were published in
little-known or obscure journals.... there is no correlation between
omission between omission from _Nomenclator Zoologicus_ and
circulation of a journal or book." The authors go on to caution
against a "List of Available Generic Names" based on _Nomenclator
Zool._ and _ZR_ that would bear the blessings of the International
Commission of Zool. Nomen. as resolved by the ICZN in 1990; they
further suggest that all publications with new names be required by
ICZN to be sent to them. (Does anyone know whether the ICZN is
considering this proposal?)
Edwards, M.A. & M.J. Thorne. 1995. Response to Bouchet & Rocroi....
Malacologia 37: 157. "It is our understanding that proposals on how a
registry of names might be compiled or made available have yet to be
So I suppose, unless anyone knows further, we are left with imperfect
lists of available generic names. I suppose this actually opens the
way for using great imagination in thinking up new generic names when
necessary--names no one could possibly have thought of before!
Amelie Scheltema ascheltema at whoi.edu
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