[Taxacom] validation of taxon names

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Feb 20 11:07:51 CST 2012

> ***
> Yeah, sure
> Zoology's "this work is available" can be translated into botany's "this
work is
> valid" and zoology's "this typification is available" can be translated
> botany's "this typification is valid" and zoology's "this choice is valid"
can be
> translated into botany's "this choice is correct" and botany's "this is
> correct spelling" can be translated into zoology's "this is the valid
> You could try, but although there is a fair chance that you would not be
> misunderstood, any editor worth his salt would reach for his red pencil
> (shaking his head at this clumsiness).
> * * *

Fair enough, but the characterization as "Not even close" seemed a bit

> The big question in my mind is whether a specific name (or a subspecific
> name) can be an available name. It appears possible to argue this both
> depending what part of the zoological Code one uses. I remain unsure
> (except that thinking about it gives me a headache).

Of course it can!  But we would say "a species-group name".  And yes, the
availability applies to the epithet, not the combination (the exception
being secondary homonymy).


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