[Taxacom] FW: formation of zoological names with Mc, Mac, et

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Fri Sep 4 23:41:12 CDT 2009

Yes, this is quite a common practice and this is how I have always
interpreted it.

In the case of 'Aphrotenia australiensis Hergstrom, in Cranston &
Edward, 1992', the name 'Aphrotenia australiensis' was proposed,
described and typified by Hergstrom in a
reference/publication/paper/monograph/etc. by Cranston & Edward, in
which Hergstrom could be considered a contributor, but not an author.

Cranston & Edward did not attribute the species authorship as such in
a act of grace and favour.  Hergstrom did the work and Cranston &
Edward are including and quoting it.  This is often done when a name
is needed in a hurry for a publication and the authors can not wait
for the magnum opus, and sometimes in acknowledgement and deference to
the intellectual contribution of the describing author.

I agree with Stephen's earlier comment that the 'author string'
(whatever you chose that to be) while not essential under the code, is
a useful indicator (based on prior knowledge) of how robust and
reliable a particular name or combination might be.


On Sat, Sep 5, 2009 at 3:21 PM, Francisco
Welter-Schultes<fwelter at gwdg.de> wrote:
>> You can, as an author of a
>> publication, attribute a new name to anybody you like
> It is important who wrote the description. It is not enough to
> state "person X shall be author of this new name" but you must
> say "person X wrote the description alone and I am just quoting
> that text".
> Francisco
> University of Goettingen, Germany
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