[Taxacom] Objective synonyms?

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sat May 29 00:22:17 CDT 2010

PS: I think it would be very wrong to call different combinations "objective synonyms", even though they are "homotypic", unless the genera are objective synonyms. Clearly, the different combinations of a species are VERY subjective ...

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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