Naming a species after yourself (zoology)

Brian Brown BBrown at NHM.ORG
Mon Mar 6 11:06:13 CST 2006

Yes, I agree with Steve, Gene, & GB that this person shouldn't be an
author on the paper if he didn't contribute to it. He should be
sufficiently "honored" by the species designation.

Brian V. Brown
Curator, Entomology Section
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90007, USA
Telephone 213 763-3363
FAX 213 746-2999
bbrown at

-----Original Message-----
From: Taxacom Discussion List [mailto:TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU] On
Behalf Of Gene Hall
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 10:53 AM
Subject: Re: Naming a species after yourself (zoology)

I agree with Steve...why is the third author included in the paper if he
had nothing to do with the paper??


>In this case, reject the paper.  Authorship of species should not
>those who did not contribute to their description, just as authorship
>papers should not include those who did not contribute to writing it.
>Steven W. Lingafelter, Ph. D.
>Systematic Entomology Lab, USDA
>National Museum of Natural History
>Smithsonian Institute PO Box 37012
>Washington, DC 20013-7012
>Phone: 202-382-1793
>Email: slingafe at
> >>> Robin Leech <releech at TELUSPLANET.NET> - 3/6/06 1:37 PM >>>
>Hi Brian,
>In this case, the third author is merely being honored.  He had
>nothing at all to do with any aspect of the paper or the
>research that went into it.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Brian Brown" <BBrown at NHM.ORG>
>Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 11:13 AM
>Subject: Re: Naming a species after yourself (zoology)
> >It should be a matter of course that such a naming shouldn't be done
>the >authors.
>I have a different view. In the situation that Robin describes, where
>the third author possibly worked on the biology or some other aspect,
>there seems to be nothing wrong to me with naming the species for
>him/her. We are going to be faced with naming hundreds of thousands to
>millions of currently unknown organisms, and believe me, coming up with
>new names in species-rich groups can be a time-consuming (and to some
>extent a time-wasting) task. As long as this name is unique within the
>genus, I wouldn't have any problem with Robin's situation if I was a
>reviewer. Lets not make this a cast in stone law.
>As far as "Cartwrightia cartwrighti Cartwright" is concerned, in
>social climate most would see this as unacceptable, but as Doug said
>there is nothing prohibiting it (other than the author's contemplation
>of what his colleagues would think of such egomania).
>Brian V. Brown
>Curator, Entomology Section
>Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
>900 Exposition Boulevard
>Los Angeles, CA, 90007, USA
>Telephone 213 763-3363
>FAX 213 746-2999
>bbrown at

Gene Hall
Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager
CU Museum of Natural History
UCB 265
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0265
Phone: 303.735.5262
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