Homonym avoidance

Laurie Adams l.adams at PICAN.PI.CSIRO.AU
Tue Jun 24 23:08:43 CDT 1997


Hi Taxacomers,

I'm not aware of any such thing, but a colleague has a vague recollection,
from years back, that there exists or has existed, some semi-formal
mechanism/grapevine or whatever, by which one can check that a proposed new
generic name has not been used before, and thereby avoid the embarrassment
of creating a later homonym. (He has of course already gone through the
usual routine of consulting Kew Record, Index Kewensis, Brummitt's,
Mabberley's and older generic dictionaries, etc.).

Anyone know of such a facility?





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 pi.csiro.au




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