[Taxacom] Species names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Mon Feb 18 03:03:40 CST 2008

From: "Matt Renner" <mren3398 at mail.usyd.edu.au>
> So species names are not nouns?
> Matt Renner
> PhD candidate


No, they are not.
Names of genera and higher taxa are nouns (or are treated as such).

The name of a species consists of a generic name and a second part
(a specific name in the ICZN; a specific epithet in the ICBN and ICNB).
Grammatically this second part can have several forms:
see Art 11.9 of the ICZN
Art 23.1 of the ICBN
and Rule 12c of the ICNB

So, at its simplest, the name of a species consists of two nouns, but there 
are other possibilities.


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