[Taxacom] labeling redescriptions properly

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Fri Sep 9 00:45:54 CDT 2011

> a confusion seems to arise here for the following reason:
> suppose Smith and Brown both use the name Aus bus L. 1758

> they could be using the name with the same type but different 
> taxonomic concepts  (different "sensu"), or with the same type 
> and the same concept

> *but*, they could be using the name with different types! 


> If so, one of them would be wrong, but what sense can we make 
> of the use of a name with the wrong type?? 

That's a misapplied usage. (Or a misidentification.)

> Or, what about use of a name before and then after subsequent type

Yes, happens a lot.
> Also, if Smith or Brown doesn't specify the L. 1758 bit of Aus bus L.
> and there are homonyms, then what?

Then we have to figure out which of the homonyms each author was implying.
> Logically, 'sec' functions in ZooBank merely as a sort of LSID creator for
> name used in a work, not Aus bus L. 1758 sec Smith 2000, but Aus bus sec

No.  The "sec" designation in ZooBank is specifically for records with *NO*
LSID (except for glitches in the user interface, which need to be fixed).
It simply means "this name as used in this reference, which was not the
original description of the name".

>It just means that Smith (2000) used the string 'Aus bus' as a scientific

Actually no -- the way the data model is structured, the "sec" specifically
refers to the protonym Aus bus Linn. 1758; not the text string "Aus bus".
That's not exactly how it's reflected in the user-interface; but as we both
know, there are many aspects of the UI that need to be fixed.

> It leaves everything else open. But, Aus bus  L. 1758 sensu Smith 2000 
> means that Smith (2000) used a taxonomic concept that may very well 
> be quite different to Linnaeus' concept, but which includes the type 
> specimen of Aus bus  L. 1758. 

Yes, exactly!  That's what the "sec." designator is intended to mean.  A
name, created by an earlier author, re-used by a subsequent author.  Except
in cases of misapplication/misidentification, presumably the two taxon
concept circumscriptions (original and subsequent) both include the type
specimen, but beyond that, the taxon concepts may be congruent, overlapping,
or nested (non-overlapping would mean they don't share the type specimen,
and therefore represents a misapplication or misidentification).

> sensu  referes to a concept, but sec refers to a name in a work

Not according to my use of "sec." and "sensu", and as far as I know, not
according to Berendsohn. So I'm not sure where you're getting this
particular interpretation.


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