[Taxacom] Language tags for scientific names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Fri Jun 27 01:21:05 CDT 2008

>> Gregor Hagedorn <g.m.hagedorn at gmail.com> writes
>>In general, it seems desirable to have a generic form as well as forms
>>specific to the codes of nomenclature (BC, ICVCN, ICBN, ICNCP, ICZN).

From: "Andy Mabbett" <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 9:07 PM
> What is your reasoning for this (especially given that it would be
> desirable for the new code(s) to be usable by non-taxonomists, who may
> not be familiar with such bodies)?

The obvious reason is homonyms, such as Pieris japonica, which can be a
butterfly (under the ICZN) or a shrub (under the ICBN)
* * *

> I think the relevant authorities are more likely to be persuaded to
> allow a single code, than a set.

> Two letter equivalents might be needed; BT and TX are available, for
> instance, but these are not: BI, BO, SC, SI, LI, LN, TA. All the above
> three-letter options are free (per
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-1_codes>).

There appear to be a lot of two-letter combinations available, such as
CB, CC, CP, CV, CZ (Code of botanical, cultivated, prokaryotes, virus,
zoological names), if they could be pried loose.

Of course, this assumes that there is a need for a separate code for names 
under the ICNCP, which is a little odd, as these names are a) compatible 
with the ICBN and b) it does not  take into account that there other kinds 
of names for cultivated plants, which might also warrant a separate code.
* * *

> I don't think those are as good as the first option, if there is more
> than one code, because they do not fall back to a common
> taxonomy-specific parent (which is "sc" in your above example

How would
zxx-cb,  zxx-cc,  zxx-cp,  zxx-cv,  zxx-cz
zxx-scb, zxx-scc, zxx-scp, zxx-scv, zxx-scz  (science + etc) or
zxx-snb, zxx-snc, zxx-snp, zxx-snv, zxx-snz  (scientific name + etc)
work out as a set (falling back to a parent) ?


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