[Taxacom] Objective synonyms?

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sat May 29 04:06:08 CDT 2010

> I may suggest you read up on the basics? [May I suggest you read up on the basics?]

May I suggest that you read a little beyond the basics! :)


From: "dipteryx at freeler.nl" <dipteryx at freeler.nl>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Sent: Sat, 29 May, 2010 8:28:50 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Objective synonyms?

Van: Stephen Thorpe [mailto:stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz]
Verzonden: za 29-5-2010 10:04
> Real example: the name vulgaris, as used in the combination 
> Vespula vulgaris is NOT an objective synonym of the name 
> vulgaris as used in the combination Panorpa vulgaris. 

Neither "vulgaris" is "a name[...] of the same rank used 
to denote [a] taxonomic taxon." It cannot be a synonym
(in the sense of the ICZN), by definition. 

Instead, "vulgaris" is a specific name (or in a wider sense
a species-group name). It is not a scientific name for a 
taxon, in any rank, but can be a part of one or more names
at the rank of species or subspecies.

I may suggest you read up on the basics?


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