Basionym/Protologue -- One more question

John McNeill johnm at ROM.ON.CA
Sun Jun 30 10:12:57 CDT 2002

I have been travelling and won't pretend to have followed the full course of this extrraordinarily lengthy basionym/protologue debate, so I may be repeating what others have said.

"Protologue" is just a convenient word to describe the documentation around the publication of the name of a new taxon.  As such it is defined, but what matters in practice is not the precise definition of terms like protologue and basonym, but what they indicate in terms of the typification of the name or names involved.

John McNeill

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