[Taxacom] Bibliographic References

Neal Evenhuis neale at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Oct 22 16:16:03 CDT 2012

On 10/22/12 10:36 AM, "Francisco Welter-Schultes" <fwelter at gwdg.de<mailto:fwelter at gwdg.de>> scribbled the following tidbit:

Tokunaga cannot have given a differential description in relation to the
nominal species s/he misidentified. Such is the nature of a sensu name.

Why not?

There are innumerable cases of works naming a new species for a misidentified species and (without checking) assume that there are probably a lot of cases like Fittakau (1962) in naming a new species by bibliographic reference and pointing to the misidentification in a previously published work for those characters needed for the species. The fact the Tokunaga gives characters and says it is a previously named species does not negate the fact he is giving characters to differentiate. He is not explicitly differentiating the species he identified but has given characters that indeed can be used to differentiate -- as Fittakau has proven!

In another interpretation of 13.1.2 when looking for definitions of the words used there: "purport to differentiate" actually means "falsely profess" to differentiate. Look up the definition of "purport". It is not explicitly to profess, but more commonly, it is to falsely profess. Which is exactly what Toknaga has done. He has given characters that he thought were of a previously described taxon that could be used to differentiate it from other species. However, he was wrong, thus he falsely professed to differentiate that species by misidentifying it.

My 2 cents.


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