Need for neotype

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Wed Jan 1 10:06:58 CST 1997

At 06:52 PM 12/31/96 -0500, jr19 wrote:
>In summary: Decided to neotypify the Author 1
>name with caution; do so only if you wish the
>name to come into use. If you wish to use the
>Author 2 name, propose rejection of the Author
>1 name as this is simplier to do than to
>conserve the Author 2 name. Neotypification can
>come with formal rejection, and this step can be
>negotiated with the appropriate nomenclatural
>committee should it be deemed necessary by that
>committee for the rejected name to have a type.

It seems like another option is to find a species different from the Author
2 name that fits the description of the Author 1 name, but that has an
older name. Neotypify the Author 1 name with the holotype of the older
name. This renders the Author 1 name automatically superfluous, and the
Author 2 name then has a solid claim on the intended species.

Curtis Clark             
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