ICZN changes not online?
stloukal at FNS.UNIBA.SK
Wed Oct 13 22:06:45 CDT 2004
people who took part to the Final meeting of the Fauna Europaea project
(Paris, two weeks ago) appreciated an information presented by Andrew
Polaszek from the IZCN entitled THE FUTURE OF ZOOLOGICAL TAXONOMY, where
he informed about plans to prepare online user friendly new version of
With my best wishes
Department of Zoology, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
From: Taxacom Discussion List [mailto:TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU] On
Behalf Of Ken KinmanSent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 7:08 AM
To: TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU
Subject: [TAXACOM] ICZN changes not online?
Is the latest edition of the ICZN, or even the major new changes it
contains, available anywhere online? If not, is it a matter of
copyright and feared loss of revenue from sales of the printed book?
If we want to prevent nomenclatural errors, shouldn't the
provisions of the Code be made more accessible? I cannot
understand why, at the very least, the major new changes should not
be allowed to be posted online (as they apparently were for a short
Of course, that wouldn't have prevented the recent naming of Family
Saccosporidae (which unfortunately DID turn out to be an invalid
descriptive name, NOT based on a type genus). However, I am somewhat
concerned that provisions of the Code are so protected by copyright
that it tends to impede one of its main goals (ensuring that new
taxon names are properly formed). ---------- Ken Kinman
P.S. Whether Buddenbrockiidae will be the formal replacement name for
Saccosporidae (or not) is unclear. Not having a copy of the latest
edition of ICZN, I am unsure how this case will be resolved. Thankfully,
it is not really my decision to make. I could only point out the problem
to the authors and hope for the best. Time will tell.
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