[Taxacom] validation of taxon names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Mon Feb 20 11:41:21 CST 2012

From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 6:07 PM
>> 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
>> ways, 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).

> Aloha,
> Rich

Thank you. I will try and digest this. It does not seem to make sense that
the name of a species (the binomen) is not available (except in the case
of secondary homonymy), but certainly if species-group names are
available names there is even less correspondence between the zoological
and botanical Codes than I had supposed. In that case it would be a lot
safer to say something like
"a validly published name in botany is more or less comparable with an
available name in zoology; in some cases fairly closely and in some cases
not at all".


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