[Taxacom] new whale genus name is preoccupied

Richard Petit r.e.petit at att.net
Thu Jul 1 18:34:13 CDT 2010

This does not directly concern the new whale genus, only to Doug Yanega's 
comments about it. It never ceases to amaze me how many systematists will 
publish "definitive" work on a taxon without knowing the original spelling 
of the name.  By doing so it is obvious that the writer does not know with 
certainty that the name actually applies to the taxon in question as the 
original description has not been consulted.  There is no real excuse or 
reason for an unjustified emendation  to ever become available, although 
thousands are.  If strict priority had been enforced we would be better off.

dick p.

Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Yanega" <dyanega at ucr.edu>
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2010 6:13 PM

> as "Leviathan". This may give Lambert et al. their "escape clause" > 
> regarding preoccupation, but ONLY if no later authors came along and
> either selected the latter spelling explicitly (a "first reviser"
> action, Article 32.2.1) or even used "Leviathan" in a manner such
> that the name is in prevailing usage (Article of the Code
> specifies "when an unjustified emendation is in prevailing usage and
> is attributed to the original author and date is is deemed to be a
> justified emendation"). This latter article exists in order to
> preserve well-established names when challenged by the discovery of
> long-lost original spellings, so as to give favor to stability over
> authoritarian insistence on strict priority. >
> I have contacted the senior author of this paper, in case they are
> aware of such details.
> Sigh.
> -- 
> Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
> Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314        skype: dyanega
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