[Taxacom] new whale genus name is preoccupied

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Jul 1 20:21:28 CDT 2010

excellent sleuthing! Bad news for the whale, then ...

possibly also, Leviathan in the first edition could  be the correct original spelling by: 
Article 32.5.1. If there is in the original publication itself, without recourse to any external source of information, clear evidence of an inadvertent error, such as a lapsus calami or a copyist's or printer's error, it must be corrected

anyway, I will update the Wiki articles accordingly ...


From: Neal Evenhuis <neale at bishopmuseum.org>
To: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
Cc: "fwelter at gwdg.de" <fwelter at gwdg.de>; "TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU" <TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU>; Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
Sent: Fri, 2 July, 2010 1:04:19 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] new whale genus name is preoccupied

At 2:19 PM -1000 7/1/10, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> This may have some relevant info: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123453421/abstract
> but I can only access the first page (perhaps someone has access to the whole article?)
> again, it suggests that the BHL version of Koch (1841) isn't the original ...

The BMNH library catalogue of books clears up the matter of editions. The first edition is 16 pp. and the second edition is 20 pp. (both dated 1841). The BHL copy is of the second edition, which also clears up the matter of the name. Two spellings were in the original 1841 edition. The author used only Leviathan in the second edition, which satisfied Article 24.2.4 of an author acting as First Reviser in selecting among multiple original spellings by use of one in a subsequent publication.

Thus, Leviathan Koch is an available name as of 1841.



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