[Taxacom] Species-level homonyms - between/within codes

Neal Evenhuis neale at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Nov 8 20:12:17 CST 2010

Interesting list.

Safety note: before someone gets replacement-name-happy with names found
to be homonymous within the same Code (i.e., ICZN), please note that ICZN
Article 57.8.1 states that homonymy of species-group names found within
homonymous genus-group names in which the latter were established for
different nominal genera (e.g, one genus in beetles and the other in bats)
is to be disregarded.

(I only mention this because there are some out there who are harvesting
lists such as this for only one purpose -- to pad their publication list
with small notes establishing new replacement names.)

You might want to post this as a caveat on your website, Tony, in case one
of them bumps into your web-based list without reading this thread.


On 11/8/10 3:49 PM, "Tony.Rees at csiro.au" <Tony.Rees at csiro.au> scribbled
the following:

>Dear Taxacomers,
>One question I am occasionally asked is whether there is a resource which
>lists notable species-level homonyms (either valid or invalid) across or
>between Codes, for data disambiguation purposes. Since I am not aware of
>such a resource, I have attempted to create one, with presently the grand
>total of 73 names to date:
>(also accessible via its parent page
>I have deliberately excluded homonyms within the same actual genus
>instance since there are over 195,000 of those in the copy of Catalogue
>of Life which I have used for much of the base data, and distinguishing
>true homonyms from the numerous chresonyms included in that set would be
>a mammoth task; in other words this list is restricted to homonymic
>epithets in homonymic genera as well.
>I would be happy to be alerted to names I have missed so that I can
>continue to maintain this as a potentially useful resource, or to receive
>any other feedback from list members that might lead to improvements.
>Since my base list from which this is drawn probably covers no more than
>50% of all published species names I have no doubt that the eventual
>number will be somewhat higher than the present total, but maybe not
>massively so.
>Regards - Tony
>Tony Rees
>Manager, Divisional Data Centre,
>CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research,
>GPO Box 1538,
>Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia
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