[Taxacom] availability and type locality

Rosenberg,Gary rosenberg.ansp at drexel.edu
Mon Oct 7 08:33:04 CDT 2013

The type locality is a property of the name-bearing type specimen. If there is a holotype or a lectotype (or neotype), the type locality is the locality of that specimen (Article 76). If there are only syntypes, and they are from more than one locality, the type locality is the all the localities from which the syntype originate (Article 73.2.3).

In the case you describe, the type locality could be Italy or Spain, depending on what ABC included in the type series; there is no rule that says it must be Italy because of the locality of the nude name.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Drexel University

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Subject: [Taxacom] availability and type locality

Dear taxacomers,
I have a doubt that presumably most of you can easily solve. When a binomial name is nomen nudum in a paper by the author XY, who worked with material in Italy, but then is made available by a subsequent author (ABC), who worked with material from Spain...
the correct name should be Genus species XY in ABC, and the correct type locality will be the original one (that of the nomen nudum – Italy) or that of the subsequent author who made it available (Spain)? It looks like it should be “Spain” because the original binomial name, being nomen nudum, formally do not exist. But...is there an unknown (to me) rule of the CODE that says that?

Thanks in advance
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