[Taxacom] LSID versus names

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Fri Jun 22 05:39:40 CDT 2012

Yes, in botany calling something a nomen dubium is a taxonomic
decision, not a nomenclatural one, and it may indeed go on
unimpeded, jumping out left and right and biting where it will.

In botany there are two ways to kick a name out of the nomenclatural
universe entirely (it stops existing), and several ways to prevent it
from being used (while keeping it in the nomenclatural universe).


From: "Paul Kirk" <p.kirk at cabi.org>
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 10:56 AM

> but it will, or can, come back and bite ... that’s the whole point of 
> rejecting it. If some young molecular jockey likes the name (for whatever 
> reason), and neotypifies it, hey presto, everybody and his dog has got to 
> include it in their work – calling it a nomen dubium is not enough.
> Paul
> From: Stephen Thorpe [mailto:stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz]
> Sent: 22 June 2012 09:49
> well, doing this might not be worth the effort when you can just call such 
> a name a nomen dubium and let it languish for eternity in an appendix ... 
> it aint gonna jump back out and bite you!
> Stephen

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