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

Fautin, Daphne G. fautin at ku.edu
Thu Jan 28 12:19:25 CST 2016

As has been stated already, any family names of animals would have to be based on their type genera, according to the ICZN. Therefore, I infer you are asking (on behalf of a colleague) about suprafamilial names (phylum, class, or order).

Daphne G. Fautin
Professor Emerita, University of Kansas

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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.


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