[Taxacom] Objective synonyms?

Michael A. Ivie mivie at montana.edu
Fri May 28 22:23:15 CDT 2010

Those examples are not synonyms, they are just different treatments
(combinations) of the same name.  They have the same exact type,
authorship and date of availability.  Synonyms are DIFFERENT names for the
same taxonomic concept -- they can be objective (have the same type
specimen for different availabilities and authorship [even if it is the
same person] or subjective (someone believes they are the same species ex
post facto).

Mike Ivie

> On 5/28/2010 7:28 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
>> Can you give an example (or provide a link to the article)? The way
>> you explain it makes it unclear to me exactly what the issue is. One
>> thing is for sure, that there aren't any universally
>> agreed definitions (in ICZN at least) for what counts as a synonym.
>> For example, previous combinations are just that, and may or may not
>> be considered synonyms as such ... synonymy in a strict sense is a
>> relation between types (conspecific, or not), not names
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template_talk:Taxobox#Synonyms
> The specific assertion is that neither /Uncia uncia/ and /Panthera
> uncia/ are synonyms, nor are /Canis familiaris/ and /Canis lupus
> familiaris/.
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