[Taxacom] FW: new whale genus name is preoccupied

Barry Roth barry_roth at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 2 18:49:44 CDT 2010

So "Mothra" is not taken yet, eh?  I'm on it!

--- On Fri, 7/2/10, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:

From: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] FW: new whale genus name is preoccupied
To: "Doug Yanega" <dyanega at ucr.edu>, TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU
Date: Friday, July 2, 2010, 4:34 PM

Yanega would make for a great generic name! Perhaps,  Yanega dougi    :)

From: Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
Sent: Sat, 3 July, 2010 6:16:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] FW: new whale genus name is preoccupied

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
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