"prevailing usage"

Dipteryx dipteryx at FREELER.NL
Tue Aug 27 18:25:46 CDT 2002

From: Ron Gatrelle <gatrelle at TILS-TTR.ORG>
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 9:29 AM

> > The current rules do no allow for a discovered "dead" name to usurp a
> > specific taxon.
> > Ron Gatrelle

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It matters not that they meet the requirements of publication /
availability - their absence from the nomenclatural world for over 100 years
makes their existence moot. That is what I meant by dead names.

> This is no small matter.
> Ron Gatrelle

+ + +

Indeed this is no small matter. Maybe the ICZN is ahead of the ICBN here
after all. In the ICBN all dead names from 1753 onwards (admittedly less for
some groups) may crop up again, and they can only be stopped by
conservation, which is a lot of work that has to be done separately for each
individual name.

Obviously very may proposals to change the ICBN have been submitted and to
ban long dead names (a limit of 50 years was proposed several times), but
all such proposals were invariably voted down.
Paul van Rijckevorsel

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