[Taxacom] Objective synonyms?

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Fri May 28 23:20:55 CDT 2010

Yeah, there is a semantic ambiguity here which IMHO doesn't have a "correct answer"
In one sense, Uncia uncia and Panthera uncia are synonyms in that they are two different names (binomials) for the same taxon
In another sense (Mike Ivie's sense) they are the same name, just different combinations thereof
Jump which ever way you like!
Are misspellings synonyms? Again, yes and no! Arbitrary decisions need to be made for each purpose that requires it ...


From: Curtis Clark <lists at curtisclark.org>
To: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Sat, 29 May, 2010 3:14:17 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Objective synonyms?

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


The specific assertion is that neither /Uncia uncia/ and /Panthera 
uncia/ are synonyms, nor are /Canis familiaris/ and /Canis lupus 

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