[Taxacom] Generic type of large genus belongs in different genus

Frank.Krell at dmns.org Frank.Krell at dmns.org
Sun Apr 7 19:18:45 CDT 2013

There were a few ICZN Commissioners who voted *for* the Drosophila case. Other, lower profile cases went through with changing a type species by plenary power. I do not at all understand why the Drosophila case had this unfortunate outcome, but there we go. We decide on a case by case basis.You cannot conclude from the outcome of one Case on the outcome of another Case.

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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Kim van der Linde [kim at kimvdlinde.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 07, 2013 6:01 PM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Generic type of large genus belongs in different genus

On 4/7/2013 6:45 PM, Ken Kinman wrote:
> Hi Alan,
> Given that this type species is relatively unknown, and that it is
> going to cause messes for both the old large genus and the newly
> named small genus, I would be very tempted to petition the
> International Commission to have a new type species designated for
> the larger genus.  This would protect the large genus from many name
> changes, as well as the new small genus (which already has a type
> species).  Probably would be best to consult other authorities in
> advance of such a petition to determine what would be an appropriate
> choice for the new type species.  I would be hesitant to just let the
> problem fester waiting for a generic revision that apparently isn't
> coming anytime in the near future.

Maybe it is was the botanical commission it could work. The zoologists
could not even muster to protect Drosophila melanogaster, so do not
expect much from them..... ;-)


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