[Taxacom] validation of taxon names

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Feb 20 03:32:30 CST 2012

> in other words:
> "valid" in botany means "available" in zoology "valid" in zoology means
> "correct" in botany
> ***
> Not even close. It should be fairly safe to say:
> * a "validly published name" in botany is an "available name"
> in zoology
> * a "valid name" in zoology is a "correct name" in botany

I would say Stephen was certainly "close"; if not spot-on.

> but there is a considerable uncertainty as I cannot quite make out what an
> "available name" is in the zoological Code.

It's *almost* the same as a "validly published" in the botanical sense, but
there are reasons other than invalid publication that may render a
zoological name unavailable.


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