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

Tony Rees tonyrees49 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 18:26:00 CDT 2016

Dear all,

I found the following references on the web (which I have not yet
investigated except for the third one) that may shed some more light on
this, and appear to treat Garsault's names (or at least some of them) as
available, so maybe it is not an open-and-shut case:

Welter-Schultes, F. W., Klug, R. & Lutze, A. (2008) Les figures des plantes
et animaux d’usage en médecine, a rare work published by F. A. P. de
Garsault in 1764. Archives of natural History, 35 (1), 118–127.

Welter-Schultes, F. W. & Klug, R. (2009) Nomenclatural consequences
resulting from the rediscovery of Les figures des plantes et animaux
d'usage en medicine, a rare work published by Garsault in 1764, in the
zoological literature. Bulletin of zoological Nomenclature, 66 (3), 225–241.

ALAIN DUBOIS & ROGER BOUR, 2010. The nomenclatural status of the nomina of
amphibians and reptiles created by Garsault (1764), with a parsimonious
solution to an old nomenclatural problem regarding the genus Bufo
(Amphibia, Anura), comments on the taxonomy of this genus, and comments on
some nomina created by Laurenti (1768). Zootaxa 2447: 1–52

The last of these is available online at

Further advice appreciated...

Regards - Tony

Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia

On 19 July 2016 at 01:39, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:

> 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)".
> Peace,
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