[Taxacom] Homonym of animal in protozoa [ Scanned for viruses ]

Paul Kirk p.kirk at cabi.org
Mon May 8 09:24:47 CDT 2006

I did some time ago as part of the botanical NCU project ...

There are 7592 names at the rank of genus common to botany (using Index Nominum Genericorum) and zoology (using a dataset obtained from what was then BIOSIS). This number goes up to over 10000 when homonyms on both sides are taken into account although there is a certain amount of 'double counting' here as I cannot get my head round the required "select unique" SQL statement ... ;-)

I have no data on what proportion of these names are in current use but I suspect it would present  quite a problem for any biocode with resolution of existing homonymy.



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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu]On Behalf Of Joel Hallan
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I thank everyone for the information they supplied.  I have notified the the most noted specialist for this phylum and hope that that person will publish a new name.

Since the Neave data has been put on the web [list of most animal genera described] and the plant genera have a web site [at the Smithsonian I believe], has anyone compared the two lists to see how many of the generic names are duplicated.  I guess we should not forget about the bacterial genera.

Joel Hallan
Austin, Texas

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