[Taxacom] nomen nudum or not?

Thomas Pape tpape at snm.ku.dk
Sat Dec 6 07:50:58 CST 2014

The mere reference to a species by a new name will not make this name available. Several other criteria have to be fulfilled, which partly depends on the year of publication.
/Thomas Pape

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From: Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Lawrence Kirkendall
Sent: 6. december 2014 14:11
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Subject: [Taxacom] nomen nudum or not?

In an obscure GMO report some years ago, a newly discovered but undescribed beetle species was referred to by a working name. To avoid the name becoming a nomen nudum, the authors used single quotes (inverted commas) around the species epithet, like this:

blah blah blah Aaaus ‘bbbus'

Does the use of quotes solve this problem? Is     bbbus   an available name?

This was one of a number of species discussed briefly (or simply occuring in tables) in this report. The species is now being described. 

Lawrence Kirkendall
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