[Taxacom] Call for Comments: Taxonomic Practice and the Code

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Jan 9 15:15:29 CST 2014

I still say that the primary function is, and has always been, to link the name to the original publication (types are a secondary issue, that I clearly ought not to have thrown in!). Sure there were author citations before there were types, but the same cannot be said for original publications. The "concepts" you speak of are equivalent to the original descriptions. There appears to be much confusion today over so-called "taxonomic concepts" ...

From: Paul van Rijckevorsel <dipteryx at freeler.nl>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu 
Sent: Thursday, 9 January 2014 9:56 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Call for Comments: Taxonomic Practice and the Code

From: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2014 9:20 PM

> The primary function of author/date of taxonomic names 
> is [...] to link the name to an original publication and 
> primary type, and also to set priority for synonymy. 

This may be the primary use Stephen Thorpe puts author
citations to, but author citations existed long before there
were types. The classic use of author citations was to
give credit and to refer to other people's concepts. In no 
Code is there anything about using author citations to
link to primary types ...

However, if authors are going to be cited, it is very
useful to include a date, indeed to help determine
* * *

From: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2014 12:36 AM

> Well, such an interpretation may, for all I know, be 
> standard in botany, but for zoology the interpretation 
> of "sensu" is more variable. I didn't say that it means 
> misidentified. I meant that it implies misidentification ...

Actually the zoological Code is explicit. The first Example in
Art. 51 says:

    [...] Cancer pagurus Linnaeus as used by Latreille may be 
    cited as "Cancer pagurus Linnaeus sensu Latreille", [...]

nothing about implying misidentification, just normal common
sense ...


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