[Taxacom] FW: new whale genus name is preoccupied

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Fri Jul 2 13:16:33 CDT 2010

Fred Schueler wrote:

>* the thing that dazzles me about all this is the fact that Leviathan is
>a biblical creature-name of such prominence that, a priori, there's no
>way that it hasn't already been used for something, so that the
>appropriate attitude in setting out to propose it would be a stunned
>incredulity that it might be available, coupled with an absolutely
>exhaustive search for whomever has already used it.

I dunno about that...after all, names like "Colossus", "Achilles", 
"Godzilla", "Mothra", and others have never been used for generic 
names in zoological taxonomy - there are all sorts of well-known 
names that are still available for use. You just have to do your 


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314        skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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