[Taxacom] What is Garsault's (1764) Noctua caprimulgus today?

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Mon Jul 18 10:39:55 CDT 2016

On 7/17/16 9:46 AM, Laurent Raty wrote:
> From the description, clearly Caprimulgus europeaeus.
> But I completely fail to understand how Garsault can be regarded as 
> remotely binominal.
> (His Latin names are clearly but Latin equivalents of his French 
> names. None of them, be them uninominal or not, appears to denote a 
> supraspecific entity. Quite a few of his uninominals denote, 
> undoubtedly deliberately, the male and the female of the same species 
> - Bos/Vacca, Hircus/Capra, Cervus/Cerva, Aries/Ovis, Homo/Mulier, 
> hence are infrasubspecific and certainly not generic...)
This certainly appears to be true, which raises the larger question as 
to why AnimalBase is displaying these names at all, let alone displaying 
them apparently without big red warning letters saying "NOT AN AVAILABLE 
NAME (ICZN Art. 11.4)".


Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
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