[Taxacom] Terminology of trinomials
Paul van Rijckevorsel
dipteryx at freeler.nl
Mon Dec 31 01:04:39 CST 2007
By the book (ICZN at http://www.iczn.org/iczn/index.jsp):
5.2. Names of subspecies. The scientific name of a subspecies is a
combination of three names (a trinomen, i.e. a binomen followed by a
subspecific name) [Art. 11.4.2]. The subspecific name must begin with a
lower-case letter [Art. 28].
Of course, in other Codes names below the rank of species are regulated
(BTW: I am not sure how "archaic" Charadrius dubius curonicus is. GOOGLE
gives some two thousands hits
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy Mabbett" <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>
To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2007 11:32 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] Terminology of trinomials
> I am continuing to work on the specification of the "species"
> AIUI, the name:
> Homo sapiens idaltu
> is a trinomial (aka trinominal ?), consisting, in order, of a genus,
> specific name (or "specific epithet") and sub-specific name (or
> However, the archaic taxonomic name for a Little Ringed Plover  was:
> Charadrius dubius curonicus
> Is this also a "trinomial", or does that form have a different name? If
> not, how are the two types of name distinguished?
> Apart from the Genus, Charadrius, what are the other components called?
>  Used, for example, in British Birds, 39:2 (pages 57–8), in
> February 1946; see reproduction here:
> Andy Mabbett
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