autonymy hierarchy

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at FMPPR.FMNH.ORG
Tue Jul 8 08:44:27 CDT 1997

At 07:52 AM 07-08-97 -0700, Joseph E. Laferriere wrote:
>The discussion on autonymy hierarchy raises a related albeit slightly
>different point. My question is that if the publication of an infraspecific
>name automatically causes the creation of an autonym of the same rank and
>priority, which one has priority? For example, suppose I publish the name
>Planta hypothetica var. alba in 1997. This automatically causes the
>creation of the variety Planta hypothetica var. hypothetica. Suppose in
>1998 someone desides that the entire species should be considered a
>variety of Planta rubra. Does this become Planta rubra var. hypothetica
>or Planta rubra var. alba?

Art. 11.6:  "An autonym is treated as having priority over the name or names
of the same date and rank that established it."

It is Planta rubra var. hypothetica.

Thomas G. Lammers

Classification, Nomenclature, Phylogeny and Biogeography
of the Campanulaceae, s. lat.

Department of Botany
Field Museum of Natural History
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