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

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Sat Sep 5 01:29:00 CDT 2009

Are there any documented cases where a species is ascribed to an
author in the protologue, when in fact the author named had nothing to
do with it?  or was fictitious?


On Sat, Sep 5, 2009 at 3:02 PM, Stephen Thorpe<s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz> wrote:
> Something of a problem with that interpretation of the Code: would we not then have to verify that Hergstrom, or whoever, really did write the description and willingly contribute it, in order to verify that the name was available with Hergstrom as author? Could be tricky! Would it not be better to just take it as authorship "by decree". What if Hergstrom was a figment of Cranston & Edwards' imagination after a party one night?! I would say that the author of the name would still be Hergstrom, even though no such person exists! We are back to that Dubois article in Zootaxa about the interpretation of authorities for nomina - they are not persons! He calls them signatures, but I call them nominal persons...
> Stephen

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