Naming a species after yourself (zoology)

Barry Oconnor bmoc at UMICH.EDU
Mon Mar 6 13:05:54 CST 2006

One could follow some past cases and name taxa after one's father. -

On Mar 6, 2006, at 12:55 PM, Doug Yanega wrote:

> It's considered tacky and amateurish, but it's not a Code violation.
> Consider the beetle Cartwrightia cartwrighti Cartwright, for example.
> Peace,
> --
>> 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
>> no-no
>> 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?

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