[Taxacom] Is the Company "YourSpecies" in Barcelona for real or ahoax?
dyanega at ucr.edu
Tue Oct 22 17:37:54 CDT 2013
On 10/22/13 6:50 AM, Ashley Nicholas wrote:
> However, I know not everyone agrees with me -- especially as you can get a star named after yourself just for bragging rights.
That is not true. The official body that governs star designations (the
IAU) does not recognize any of the many, many companies that sell
"names" of stars. On the other hand, the official bodies that govern
organism names (one of which, the ICZN, I can speak for) will recognize
virtually anything, published by virtually anyone, anywhere, even if it
isn't a genuinely new species; there are criteria that must be
fulfilled, but legitimacy is not one of those criteria (heck, you can
describe a new species as "red with black spots", even if it's actually
blue with white spots, and the name will still be accepted).
There are, of course, some of us who are unhappy with various
consequences of this policy, but the point remains: companies like "Your
Species" (they are not the first - that distinction might go to BIOPAT,
which started in 1999, and claims to be non-profit) are not presently
regulated in any way, so everything depends on what the fine print of
their contract says. Their website, at least, suggests that they don't
require peer review, so I'm not particularly thrilled.
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
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