When (animal) type genus is a subgenus

Ken Kinman kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 25 22:00:03 CDT 2001

      Whether the generic name involved is recognized as a full genus or
subgenus (of another genus) is a matter of taxonomic opinion.  Therefore, I
see no reason that any particular classification regarding it as a subgenus
(as opposed to a full genus) as being relevant to the validity of the Family
name based upon it.  If the newest ICZN Code has any provisions that would
say anything different, I would be very surprised.  If the generic name in
question was invalid, then that would be a whole different matter.
                My 2 cents worth, Ken Kinman

>From: Barry Roth <barry_roth at YAHOO.COM>
>Reply-To: Barry Roth <barry_roth at YAHOO.COM>
>Subject: When (animal) type genus is a subgenus
>Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 17:20:40 -0700
>In zoological nomenclature, does the fact that the name-bearing type of a
>nominal family-group taxon (i.e., its "type genus") is classified as a
>subgenus affect the validity of that family-group name (assuming the
>family-group name is the earliest-proposed name based on a genus considered
>to belong to the family, and otherwise meets the criteria of availability)?
>Does it make a difference if the type genus in question is classified as a
>subgenus of a genus which is the type genus of another, later-proposed,
>family-group taxon?
>Thanks very much for help on this. I am unable to find the answer by
>perusing the ICZN.
>Barry Roth
>(hoping he has stated the problem clearly)
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