Message 2001-02-0070: Answers to questions

Tue, 13 Feb 2001 09:18:07 -0600

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Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 09:18:07 -0600
From: "David M. Hillis" <>
Subject: Answers to questions

>David,  I hope this will be my last message on this subject for a
>while.  I can't afford to spend any more time on it this week, and I
>suspect we are boring most of the readers with our disagreements

I agree; my only responses below are to questions you asked.

>Could you tell me where in the ICZN it says that one must
>consistently use binomial nomenclature throughout the paper in which
>a new name is published?  I don't think there is any such rule in the
>ICBN, but I am much less familiar with the ICZN.

"Article 11. Requirements. To be available, a name or, where 
relevant, a nomenclatural act must satisfy the following provisions:


Article 11.4. Consistent application of binominal nomenclature. The 
author must have consistently applied the Principle of Binominal 
Nomenclature in the work in which the name or nomenclatural act was 
published; however, this Article does not apply to the availability 
of names of taxa at ranks above the family group."

>Since the actual name under the PhyloCode is novus, wouldn't you have
>to say so at least once in the paper?  From the perspective of the
>PhyloCode, it seems misleading to say that the name is Hypotheticus
>novus, when in fact its name is novus.

The way I have handled that is to say:

Hypotheticus novus, new species

The species name is novus, but the Hypotheticus clearly distinguishes 
it from other names of novus. This satisfies both sets of rules, and 
I think it is perfectly clear.


David M. Hillis
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