Autonym hierarchy

Laurie Adams l.adams at PICAN.PI.CSIRO.AU
Thu Jul 3 23:51:45 CDT 1997

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?

Laurie Adams

Laurie Adams
Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research
Australian National Herbarium
GPO Box 1600, Canberra
ACT 2601, Australia
Ph: (06)2465123 Fax: (06)2465249
E-mail: l.adams at

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