[Taxacom] Query: any taxa above genus level honouring scientists?

Barry OConnor bmoc at umich.edu
Thu Jan 28 11:53:32 CST 2016

There are many family names in Acari that are patronymic and derived
properly from their type genera.
All the best! - Barry

On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 12:41 PM, Adam Cotton <adamcot at cscoms.com> wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Lahr" <dlahr at ib.usp.br>
> To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 12:27 AM
> Subject: [Taxacom] Query: any taxa above genus level honouring scientists?
> Hi all,
>> I am posting this on behalf of a colleague who wishes to remain
>> anonymous.   Is anyone aware of examples of taxa *above* than the genus
>> level where the name explicitly honours a distinguished scientist?  Names
>> typified explicitly or implicitly do *not* count for these proposes
>> ("Bloggsidae" does not count if it is named such because the type genus is
>> "Bloggsia", which was named after Joe Bloggs).   It does *not* matter here
>> whether the taxon had an explicit rank, or no.
>> Best,
> At least at the Family group name stage separately formed honorifics would
> always be excluded under the ICZN Code, since these names are always formed
> by taking the stem of the type genus name.
> Names above Family group are not regulated by the ICZN Code, so it is
> possible that higher names may have been proposed to honour distinguished
> scientists, since those names do not have to be formed from the "type
> Family" name.
> Adam.
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