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Re: Taxa nomy?

This NOT wrong because there is NO discussion of any category higher than 
family. You are mistaken in thinking it regulates Order, Class, etc. The ICZN 
clearly specifies the regulations governing the family, genus and species 
groups ONLY.

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology &
Chief Preparator
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Natural History 
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

Phone: (303)370-6392
Fax: (303)331-6492
email: KCarpenter@DMNS.org

For fun:

>>> <m.moser@lrz.uni-muenchen.de> 09/Mar/04 >>>
Kenneth Carpenter wrote:

> One very big misconception I
> repeatedly note on the DML is that the International Code of Zoological
> Nomenclature deals with categories higher than family. Not so. It clearly
> spells out that it limits its self to Family, Genus and Species. These
> three categories do not conflict with cladistic analysis.

This is wrong. See Art. 1.2.2. "The Code regulates the names of taxa in
the family group, genus group, and species group. Articles 1-4, 7-10,
11.1-11.3, 14, 27, 28, and also regulate names of taxa at ranks
above the family group." - Thus at least some provisions regarding
spelling and availability must receive attention.

Dr. Markus Moser
Staatliches Museum fuer Naturkunde Stuttgart
Rosenstein 1
D-70191 Stuttgart
Bayerische Staatssammlung fuer
Palaeontologie und Geologie
Richard-Wagner-Str. 10
D-80333 Muenchen