[Taxacom] FW: new whale genus name is preoccupied

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Fri Jul 2 18:31:01 CDT 2010

In connection with generic homonyms, it is surprising how some taxonomists think (or don't think). A good example (though I had better not give away the full details, and it isn't a N.Z. example) was this: 
taxonomist X named a new genus Ya after their friend and colleague Ian Y. 
Even though Y is a very common surname (and even though Ya is a well-known placename!), they [quote] didn't think to check for homonymy [unquote]!

From: Frederick W. Schueler <bckcdb at istar.ca>
Sent: Sat, 3 July, 2010 5:38:25 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] FW: new whale genus name is preoccupied

Paul Kirk wrote:

> I agree but ... are there practicing systematic (sensu lato) zoologists
> (palaeo or otherwise) out there who publish and do not know about
> Nomenclator Zoologicus on-line (and other on-line resources) and, as
> this publication concerned nomenclature did the assigned editor select a
> reviewer or reviewers who might be expected to know this?

* 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.

          Frederick W. Schueler & Aleta Karstad
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