So much for nomenclatural stability

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at UWOSH.EDU
Wed Mar 9 07:59:10 CST 2005

At 07:50 AM 3/9/2005, Paul Kirk wrote:
>Here is an example of an attempt to make the name of a fungus morally
>The well know fungus genus Phallus Junius ex L. 1753 (the common stikhorn
>is Phallus impudicus) is so named for obvious reasons. In 1818 the
>american botanist Amos Eaton published the genus Morellus to replace
>Phallus with the diagnosis, if I recall correctly, 'A substitute for a
>vile name' - nomenclatural stability was preserved and the name was
>declared superfluous (illegitimate) when the ICBN arrived.

Interesting.  I didn't know that.  Makes me wonder if anyone similarly
tried to do something about Clitoria mariana.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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