Naming a species after yourself (zoology)

Doug Yanega dyanega at UCR.EDU
Mon Mar 6 09:55:07 CST 2006

>Hi Taxacomers,
>I have a manuscript in which the 3rd author is being honored with a species
>being named after him.
>It is my belief, but I cannot find a statement in the ICZN, that this is a
>That is, I can name something after you, and you can name it after me,
>but you and I cannot name a species after me.
>Am I correct?  If the answer is in ICZN (4th edition), could someone please
>direct me to the article or recommendation?

It's considered tacky and amateurish, but it's not a Code violation.
Consider the beetle Cartwrightia cartwrighti Cartwright, for example.


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521-0314
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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