[Taxacom] Objective synonyms?

Dr Gurcharan Singh singhg at sify.com
Sat May 29 01:51:04 CDT 2010

I think there may be confusion if the status of the taxon is not clearly

There are numerous examples of different genera with same specific with
deflected (Chenopodium album, Rosa alba, Mallotus albus) or unchanged
epithet (Rosa indica, Lagerstroemia indica, Aesculus indica, etc.) which are
distinct taxa.

The second type would be where the names are homotypic synonyms (where again
the epithet may be unchanged or deflected: Polygonum chinense, Persicaria
chinensis; Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus; Bistorta vivipara,
Persicaria vivipara, Polygonum viviparum)

This is situation at least in Botanical Nomenclature.

Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
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On Sat, May 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM, Thomas Lammers <lammers at uwosh.edu> wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Curtis Clark <lists at curtisclark.org>
> >>There is an editor on Wikipedia, otherwise well-respected, who is
> claiming that names in different genera
> with the same epithet (he doesn't say homotypic, but all of his examples
> are) are not synonyms.<<
> So ask him what they ARE, if they are synonyms.  They sure aren't homonyms.
>  If (as I suspect) he says something about, They are both correct names, ask
> him why he thinks being a synonym means a name is incorrect or otherwise
> inadequate.
> Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor and Curator of the Herbarium
> Department of Biology and Microbiology
> University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
> http://www.uwosh.edu/departments/biology/Lammers.htm
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