[Taxacom] Intellectual rights

Adam Cotton adamcot at cscoms.com
Sun Dec 13 14:34:15 CST 2015

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
To: "'John Grehan'" <calabar.john at gmail.com>; "'Dr Brian Taylor'" 
<dr.brian.taylor at ntlworld.com>; <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
Cc: "'taxacom'" <Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2015 3:19 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Intellectual rights

> Rich,
> The issue of whether or not synonymy must be published according to the 
> ICZN Code is actually very unclear. One issue concerns first reviser 
> choice of relative precedence in cases of equal priority. That is a 
> nomenclatural act, and cannot therefore be validly achieved in non Code 
> defined publications, making things potentially very messy.
> Cheers, Stephen

That's exactly why I summed up with

"The best guideline for anyone who is uncertain is that anything regulated 
by the ICZN Code should be treated as nomenclature and everything else as 

Synonymy is taxonomy, a first reviser act under the ICZN Code is 


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