L. = Linnaeus?
Yuri P. Nekrutenko
YPNekrut at MBAT.FREENET.KIEV.UA
Sat Mar 16 17:59:56 CST 1996
Albertine C. Ellis at March 16 wrote:
> Dear Collaegues,
> I have a somewhat curious problem.
> In botany the names of authors usually are abbreviated. To satisfy an
> editor I have to render the authors of a number of plant species in full.
> No big problem, except - to my surprise - for L. (usually pronounced as
> Linnaeus), which I was regrettably silly enough to look up too.
> Both Harvard and Missouri Botanical Garden databases give for L.
> "Linnaeus, Carl von";
BOTH ARE WRONG. CORRECT: Linnaeus, Carolus OR Linne', Carl von
as far as I know his name was Carl (Latinized as
> Carolus on title pages) Linnaeus. In addition, Harvard mentions as
> alternative name "Carl von Linne", the accent on the e understandably
> having been devoured by the ASCII code.
> Zander (*1) gives "Carl von Linn=E9", Flora Europaea (*2): "C. von
> Linn=E9 (C. Linnaeus)", the name he bore after he received a knighthood
> I hope I am not expected to check for every species wether it has
> been published before or after 1761.
WHY NOT? A TAXONOMIST SHOULD KNOW SUCH DETAILS. IT'S A SENSITIVE TEST FOR
HIS (HER) PROFFESSIONAL COMPETENCE. A TAXONOMIST SHOULD KNOW PRIMARY SOURCES.
> Did I miss something? A rule, a recommendation, an agreement, the po=
IF YOU ARE A FLORIST, YOU MISS NOTHING.
> Information on this topic will be highly appreciated by
> Albertine Ellis
Dr. Yuri P. Nekrutenko
Institute of Zoology
UA-252601 Kiev 30, MSP
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