hybrids and synonymy

Frederick J. Peabody fpeabody at SUNFLOWR.USD.EDU
Wed Nov 27 10:18:16 CST 1996

Some authors include comments about hybrids in a narrative section
contained with the discussion of each species.  Others, indeed, sweep them
under the rug, presumably considering them an aberation of nature.

Frederick J. Peabody
Associate Professor of Botany
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD  57069  USA
fpeabody at sundance.usd.edu

On Tue, 26 Nov 1996, Dennis Paulson wrote:

> >I think Harvey has it right.  Michaux (the younger, I believe)
> >published Quercus heterophylla as a new species.  It was later determined
> >to be a hybrid between Quercus rubra and Quercus phellos.  Now it is
> >designated as Quercus x heterophylla Michaux, and it is not treated as a
> >synonym of either parent.
> >
> >Richard J. Jensen
> And thanks to others who have posted me privately about this.
> It would seem, therefore, that anyone writing a check-list with a complete
> synonymy would be forced to append somewhere on it a list of all names that
> are considered hybrids, so Xus yus, a name in the literature based on a
> hybrid, would be found *somewhere* in the check-list.
> I guess one could append a list of hybrids either at the end of a
> check-list or under the appropriate genus (in the latter case, named
> intergeneric hybrids would have to go under the family heading).  This
> could be a substantial effort in botanical check-lists, with the abundance
> of plant hybrids.  I doubt if there has been consistency, at least in
> zoology.
> It's interesting that I have seen check-lists that *don't* include these
> names, in animal taxa in which I know hybrids have been described.  Some
> authors have apparently just swept the hybrid names under the rug, perhaps
> not knowing exactly what to do with them.
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