[Taxacom] Formation of family names e.g. Diplogasteridae vs. Diplogastridae in Nematoda (and similar)

Tony Rees tonyrees49 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 15:57:11 CST 2015

Doug and Stephen, I did a quick check using Google Scholar and came up with
the following result:

1850-2000 papers: Diplogasteridae 398, Diplogastridae 62

2001-2015 papers (out of scope for ICZN "prevailing usage"
consideration): Diplogasteridae
459, Diplogastridae 427

Thus although it appears that usage of the form "Diplogastridae" has been
gaining ground, this is incorrect so far as the Code is concerned and the
version "Diplogasteridae" is the Code-sanctioned one.

I did not check other cases e.g. Chronogasteridae but imagine that social
trends would most likely be similar over the equivalent time periods.

Thanks to all who responded for their comments,

Regards - Tony

Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia

On 3 November 2015 at 08:49, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:

> On 11/2/15 1:33 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
>> But what if there is a more or less 50:50 split in "prevailing usage"
>> [Crikey I hate that concept!]?
> In that unlikely event, refer to the glossary:
> "*usage, prevailing*, /n/.
>    Of a name: that usage of the name which is adopted by at least a
>    substantial majority of the most recent authors concerned with the
>    relevant taxon, irrespective of how long ago their work was published."
> The "irrespective" clause at the end allows one to apply a "sliding
> window" from 1999 backwards, however far one must go in order to reach a
> substantial majority one way or the other. If that still doesn't resolve
> it, THEN the matter goes back to which spelling is technically correct. In
> theory, there is only one technically correct spelling, but if no clear
> case can be made here for the generic scenario of "-gastridae" versus
> "-gasteridae", then we are faced with the necessity of simply coming to a
> consensus and *everyone agreeing to stick with it*. This is one reason I
> have argued we need to streamline the LAN protocols, so that once a
> consensus is reached, it becomes immutable, and dissenters who come late to
> the proverbial party can't disrupt anything, ever.
> Peace,
> --
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