[Taxacom] new whale genus name is preoccupied

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Jul 1 18:32:09 CDT 2010

Arghh! It is all very messy! It is unclear when Koch was using common names, and when he was using scientific names. He seems to have followed his own "rules" of nomenclature. It is also unclear which historical documents are the originals, and which may be modified reprints. The BHL version of Koch (1841) doesn't agree with what has been written about it ...

From: Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
Sent: Fri, 2 July, 2010 10:40:52 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] new whale genus name is preoccupied

Stephen Thorpe wrote:

>as usual, these things get more complex the more you look into them:

Wish I'd seen this before I wrote to Lambert. Based on the details 
coming out in that blog, Lambert's name appears to be a homonym, 
after all, and apparently he and his coauthors are already acting on 
it. Amazing, in a way, considering how trivial it is to search the 
Nomenclator Zoologicus online.


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