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

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Tue Nov 9 17:20:30 CST 2010

actually, the ICZN glossary is just sloppy here:

(3) In the species group: each of two or more available specific or subspecific 
names having
the same spelling, or spellings deemed under Article 58 to be the same, and 
established for different nominal taxa, and either originally (primary homonymy) 
or subsequently (secondary homonymy) combined with the SAME generic name

SAME generic name could mean either:

(1) same spelling, different taxa; or

(2) same spelling and same taxa

Article 57.8.1 is clearer:

Homonymy between identical species-group names in combination (originally or 
subsequently) with homonymous generic names having the same spelling but 
established for different nominal genera is to be disregarded

From: Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
To: Tony.Rees at csiro.au; dipteryx at freeler.nl; taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Sent: Wed, 10 November, 2010 11:39:28 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Species-level homonyms - between/within codes

Hi Tony,

> Simply because something is not defined in 
> the Code does not preclude it from existing outside the scope 
> of governance of the Code (which is confined to 
> nomenclature), I would submit.

I completely agree!  I just wanted to make sure people were not mis-quoting
or mis-representing the zoological Code.  I wrote the bulk of the note this
morning (before your post referencing Art. 57.8.1), then sent it when I got
to work -- but before I saw your aforementioned Post citing Art. 57.8.1.
Basically, by the time I sent my message, you had already made the point I
was trying to make.  So I think we're in complete agreement.

> In other words I have not seen any compelling argument that 
> binomial homonyms do not exist in zoology, and therefore if 
> they exist in zoology, they can equally exist between Codes 
> as well - unless someone would like to put the counter-argument??

Again, I agree completely!



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