[Taxacom] Citing Authors for Animals

Kenneth Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 17 09:53:33 CDT 2015


Hi Mary,        I think it is customary to put a comma between the names of author and the year.  And for a species or subspecies, the citation is placed in parenthesis if it was originally named in a different genus:  Scientificname (Penhallurick & C. R. Robson, 2009).  And I'm pretty sure the only formal rank below species is the subspecies.                     ------------Ken------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
> From: Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu
> To: Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2015 14:18:37 +0000
> Subject: [Taxacom] Citing Authors for Animals
> 
> I am a botanist but I need to import animals names with their appropriate authors to a database. I am using ITIS as a source. I really want to learn how to do this this weekend which is why I am asking here.
> For this entry:
> [TA]
> 
> 169270
> 
> Penhallurick & C. R. Robson
> 
> 2009
> 
> 5
> 
> 
> Should a label for this taxon read
> Somescientificname Penhallurick & C. R. Robson 2009
> 
> Would this be the standard format? Do zoologists just omit the taxonauthor for ranks above species?
> Also, do zoologists now have only one infraspecific rank, subspecies? If not, what does one do when one has a trinomial with no indication of what the lowest rank is supposed to be?
> 
> Mary
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