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Re: legal names
In a message dated 12/13/99 2:57:09 PM EST, email@example.com writes:
<< Apparently, if names that are in self-published manuscripts or mentioned in
popular magazines without proper description can be regarded as possibly
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.