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Re: New papers in Geobios (and nomenclatoral gripe)

On 6/21/06, Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com> wrote:

Having a species declared a nomen dubium means that the species cannot be diagnosed at the level of species. If the species in question is the type species for a genus, then that genus is invalid as well.

A dubious name is still a valid name. If it was forgotten (oblitum) or undescribed (nudum) or preoccupied, it'd be invalid, but dubious names are still "available" under ICZN rules. You can't just sweep such names under the carpet -- they are "incertae sedis" but not invalid.

Now, a separate argument would be whether ICZN rules make sense....
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