Naming a species after yourself (zoology)

Michael A. Ivie mivie at MONTANA.EDU
Mon Mar 6 11:13:23 CST 2006

Just to note that Cartwright did not name that species after himself.
In 1967 Oscar Cartwright named a species after his brother, who shared
the same last name, and placed it in Cartwrightia Islas 1958, thus
Cartwrightia cartwrighti Cartwright is not a case of someone nameing a
species after themselves, but naming a species after someone else with
the same surname.

There is not rule against naming a species after yourself, it falls into
what my mother calls "It just isn't done."

Michael Ivie

Doug Yanega wrote:

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