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Re: Avgodectes and Phobetor questions
Christopher Taylor wrote:
According to the new edition of the ICZN, incorrect derivation does not
preclude a name from being valid. So even if the name doesn't mean exactly
what Dave intended, it still stands.
Yep, you only get one bite of the cherry. Like incorrect spelling or bad
gramma, incorrect etymology is not considered a justification for re-naming
However, one could claim that _Agyodectes_ is not a valid name, given the
method of publication (which may not conform to ICZN rules). Thus, Peters
could publish his new genus in a peer-reviewed scientific publication, and
get a second 'crack' at naming it - this time with the correct etymology.
BTW, I'm not criticizing Peters or the publication that the name of his
'egg-biting' pterosaur appeared in; I'm just putting the idea 'out there'.