[Taxacom] ICZN procedure question

Kim van der Linde kim at kimvdlinde.com
Wed Nov 10 21:07:45 CST 2010

I would think it is not a problem, as the ICZN requires names to be 
published on paper. Names published electronically do not exist as far 
as the ICZN is concerned.


On 11/10/2010 8:37 PM, Stanley A. Schultz wrote:
> A recent question arose regarding the prior use of a name on the
> Internet. Specifically, a group of taxonomists are preparing to name a
> theraphosid spider. The paper has not yet been published, but someone
> who apparently has advance knowledge has announced the proposed name on
> a hobbyist/enthusiast forum.
> The questions are:
> Does such publication constitute prior publication by current ICZN
> rules? If so, must the taxonomists now use a different name?
> If its announcement on the Internet constitutes prior usage, but it is
> (innocently) published anyway, and later its prior use on the Internet
> comes to light, how would the problem most probably be resolved?
> Thanks in advance for your help.
> Stan Schultz
> Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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