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

David Remsen (GBIF) dremsen at gbif.org
Wed Nov 10 06:06:05 CST 2010


You might consider using the term "homograph" to refer to identical  
spellings with different meanings.   I think this best fits the intent  
here and one I and others have used in the past in this sense.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homograph  if you wish to consider it.

Incidentally,  I also use the word "polyseme" to describe what is  
meant by different taxon concepts that share the same name.



On Nov 9, 2010, at 10:37 AM, <Tony.Rees at csiro.au> <Tony.Rees at csiro.au>  

> Paul van Rijckevorsel wrote:
>> So, taking the example of
>>  Aricia brunnescens Zetterstedt, 1845
>>  Aricia brunnescens Harrison, 1906
>> These species names cannot be homonyms as they are animal names
>> (if these were plant names, they would be homonyms). The relevant  
>> units
>> here are the specific names "brunnescens": since they are in  
>> different
>> genera the homonymy is to be disregarded.
> I realise, they are not technically homonyms under the [zoological]  
> code which indicates that species level homonyms (except in the same  
> genus) do not officially exist, however they are binomial names  
> representing the case of the same name used for different taxa  
> (homonyms in the popular sense) which is the purpose of my  
> disambiguation page. If it is preferred that they are not termed  
> "homonyms" then perhaps there is a more appropriate term?
> Regards - Tony
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