"arcane" rules/was gender of -opsis

Neal Evenhuis neale at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG
Mon Aug 19 14:42:21 CDT 2002

>The true foundation of nomenclature is type
>specimens, nothing more.

You are mixing "taxonomy" with "nomenclature". In taxonomy, the
specimen is the true foundation. In nomenclature, the original
literature is. Nomenclature does not need a specimen. Indeed, there
are many "species" for which types do not exist--and that fact does
not invalidate the species name. In those cases, the truth of the
"name" can then only be known from the literature.


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