[Taxacom] Homonymous synonyms / cosmic order

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Sun Jun 3 21:17:26 CDT 2012

Yes, that is a possibility, however no sign of it here (Boeseman's 1957 paper, i.e. instance #2):


I have not, however, seen the "correction notice circulated by Boeseman" as cited in Eschmeyer's Catalog.

Regards - Tony

From: Stephen Thorpe [mailto:stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz]
Sent: Monday, 4 June 2012 12:13 PM
To: Rees, Tony (CMAR, Hobart); taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Homonymous synonyms / cosmic order

I expect that it wasn't independent! The second guy probably thought the name hadn't already been validly published ...


From: "Tony.Rees at csiro.au<mailto:Tony.Rees at csiro.au>" <Tony.Rees at csiro.au<mailto:Tony.Rees at csiro.au>>
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Subject: [Taxacom] Homonymous synonyms / cosmic order

Dear Taxacomers,

Searching in a quiet moment through Eschmeyer's online Catalog of Fishes, I came across the following interesting (to me) pair of homonymous genus and species names, as follows:


  Gymnochanda Fraser-Brunner [A.] 1955:209 [ref. 1498]. Fem. Gymnochanda filamentosa Fraser-Brunner 1955. Type by original designation (also monotypic). Boeseman 1957:75 [ref. 487] independently chose the same genus and species name for this species; Gymnochanda Boeseman is a homonym and synonym of Gymnochanda Fraser-Brunner. [...]  Current status: Gymnochanda Fraser-Brunner 1955. Ambassidae.

  Gymnochanda Boeseman [M.] 1957:75 [ref. 487]. Fem. Gymnochanda filamentosa Boeseman 1957. Type by original designation (also monotypic). Homonym and subjective synonym of Gymnochanda Fraser-Brunner 1955 (Boeseman independently chose the same genus and species names for this species [as stated in correction notice circulated by Boeseman]). [...] Current status: Gymnochanda Fraser-Brunner 1955. Ambassidae.


In other words: 2 workers independently devised the same genus and species names, as new, in different places and on different occasions, for 2 taxa which turned out to be the same thing! The odds against this must surely be enormous?

I'd be interested as to whether this is indeed an isolated instance or whether something more cosmic is at work here...


Tony Rees, Australia.


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