Fw: Genus as the species

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Mon Apr 12 07:59:48 CDT 1999

At 09:21 AM 4/12/99 -0300, Walter Boeger wrote:
>In my opinion (still, since I am not convinced that I was wrong at start)
>that EVEN IN A LIST one has to provide the scientific name as such:
>    R. piranhus
>    R. bulbovaginatus
>    R. nyttus
>    R. arietinus
>and NOT like this:
>    piranhus
>    bulbovaginatus
>    nyttus
>    arietinus
>I know the first option is slightly longer but it seems to me that if you
>present a UNINOMEN you are NOT talking about a species nor following the

I think as long as the name is unambiguous, this is a typographic and not a
nomenclatural issue. On the other hand, editors certainly specify other
typographic conventions, and there is no reason they couldn't be as strict
about this one.

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