When (animal) type genus is a subgenus

Margaret K. Thayer mthayer at FIELDMUSEUM.ORG
Thu Apr 26 09:18:24 CDT 2001

At 12:00 AM 26-04-2001 -0400, Ron Gatrelle wrote:
>     All valid and available names are "always" affixed to an individual
>specimen - the name bearing type. ...

This is true at the level of species-group names, but NOT at higher
levels!  The type of a genus-group name is a nominal species, and the type
of a family-group name is a nominal genus.  This is stated extremely
clearly in articles 67 and 63, respectively.

It pains me on a regular basis to see how few people seem to bother reading
and understanding the relevant Codes before practicing (or even advising
on!) taxonomic principles and practice.

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