Botanical nomenclatural query
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Sat Mar 30 18:05:20 CST 2002
From: Jacques Melot <jacques.melot at ISHOLF.IS>
To: TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
Date: 30 March, 2002 3:37 AM
Subject: Re: Botanical nomenclatural query
Selecting a new specific epithet for the taxon which is already known as a
variety would have been OK only if the varietal epithet would already have
been used (preoccupied at specific level) for a different species within the
genus. In the case under discussion new combination at specific level based
on the already known taxon (with proper diagnosis, typification and
publication) would be proper and ethical and should be nomenclaturally
correct and not a "nom. et stat. nov.
"nom. et stat. nov. would have been justified only if the epithet was
preoccupied at specific level
>>About a decade ago, a botanist published a new variety of plant, and the
>>variety was validly and effectively published, with Latin diagnosis and
>>type designated, so there is no problem with that name at that rank.
>>A few years later, a very prominent botanist decided that the taxon
>>deserved specific rank. He decided that the varietal epithet was not
>>appropriate for the species, and coined a new epithet for the species,
>>calling it a "nom. et stat. nov."
>>He made clear and direct reference to
>>the varietal name and its publication, and the same type was used. The
>>name was published effectively.
>>The debate has been over whether this was a valid way to publish the new
>>species name. Things would have been simple if the varietal epithet had
>>simply been raised to the new rank, which then would have been a "comb.
> A legitimate name must not be rejected merely because it, or its
>epithet, is INAPPROPRIATE or DISAGREABLE, or because another is
>preferable or better known [...] or because it has LOST ITS ORIGINAL
>>Can I have opinions about the validity of the "nom. et stat. nov."?
>>(My own opinion is that it was validly published...)
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