Naming a species after yourself (zoology)

Edwards, G.B. edwardg at DOACS.STATE.FL.US
Mon Mar 6 13:15:47 CST 2006

The obvious solution to avoid criticism would be for the author being
honored to be removed as a describer for that one species.  He/she could
still be an author on the paper, and a describer for other new species
in the paper.

G. B. Edwards, Ph.D.  [Your Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman] 
Curator: Arachnida (except Acari), Myriapoda, Terrestrial Crustacea,
Florida State Collection of Arthropods, FDACS, Division of Plant
P.O.Box 147100, 1911 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32614-7100 USA 
(352) 372-3505 x194; fax (352) 334-0737; edwardg at 

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Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 12:32 PM
Subject: [TAXACOM] Naming a species after yourself (zoology)

Hi Taxacomers,

I have a manuscript in which the 3rd author is being honored with a
being named after him.

It is my belief, but I cannot find a statement in the ICZN, that this is
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
direct me to the article or recommendation?

Robin Leech
Edmonton, Alberta

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