[Taxacom] Objective synonyms?

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Sun May 30 02:30:05 CDT 2010

Geoff Read wrote:

"Synonymies presented without subsequent combinations would not be telling much of the name history. In practice subsequent combinations are always in synonymies."

New use of root 'synonym-', but I agree 100%. Surely botanical and zoological taxonomists are alike in wanting to know every name ever associated with a type specimen or its taxon concept? So, do we really need a new word to describe the items listed in a synonymy? Won't 'synonym' do?
Dr Robert Mesibov
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
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