Autonym hierarchy

Mon Jul 7 14:27:10 CDT 1997

Dear Dr Adams,

no, this is not implied in the Code, and certainly not in Art. 2.
Art. 22.3 has "the corresponding [!] autonym", in singular. Art.
11.6 makes it clear that an autonym is established by a name "of the
same date and renk". Most importantly, Art. 11.2 limits priority to
the particular rank at which any one name is used.

With kind regards

Werner Greuter

Professor Werner Greuter
Botanischer Garten & Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
D-14191 Berlin
wg at

Laurie Adams:
> I have come across a nomenclatural situation that seems not to be covered
> by the ICBN, except by implication.
> An author creates an autonym by validly publishing a new infrageneric taxon
> of a particular rank with a type different from that of the genus - say,
> for argument, a new series name. Can one assume that a whole hierarchy of
> autonymous ranks bearing the generic name, e.g. subgenus, section,
> subsection, series and subseries, is simultaneously created, all typified
> by the generic type? Article 2 of the Code seems to imply this, but nowhere
> can I find it explicitly stated.
> Anyone enlighten me?

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