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Re: legal names



In a message dated 12/13/99 2:57:09 PM EST, jdaniel@aristotle.net writes:

<< Apparently, if names that are in self-published manuscripts or mentioned in
 popular magazines without proper description can be regarded as possibly 
valid,
 this is not the case. >>

Self-publication is a perfectly valid method of publishing scientific papers. 
But if a published taxonomic name appears without satisfying the numerous 
criteria for scientific validity (e.g., a new genus needs a designated type 
species, a new species needs a designated type specimen, etc.), it remains 
only a published vernacular name rather than a published scientific name. As 
such, it cannot preoccupy a subsequent scientific use of itself, and it need 
not even be used when  and if its scientific description is published.