Basionym/Protologue -- One more question

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Fri Jun 28 21:47:41 CDT 2002

At 17:56 2002-06-28, Richard Pyle wrote:
>However, I have come to learn that a "Protologue" might be spread over
>multiple References, the most meaningful of which is the latest-published,
>whereupon the name becomes officially (ICBN) available for use in taxonomy.

No, the protologue is the publication that establishes the basionym. The
author of the basionym may draw upon prior sources, and the author and
others may emend the circumscription of the basionym at a later date, but
there is only one protologue.

Curtis Clark        
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