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RE: Suchosaurus, Baryonyx and Martinavis
Mike Taylor wrote:
> Why? I don't see that at all. I think they are much more
> complementary than competitive. I also don't see any problem in the
> possibility of Megalosauroidea (or whatever it was) being a valid
> clade under the PhyloCode but not a valid superfamily under the ICZN
> -- not so long as we're clear which sense we use the name in. After
> all, we already have a very same situation with names that are valid
> under both codes, e.g. Cetiosauridae which is traditionally a
> paraphyletic family under the ICZN but (of course) a clade in PN.
> Sometimes it seems as though people are deliberately looking for
> points of conflict between the codes.
I agree with Mike Keesey here. We need to identify any and all sources of
trouble and head them off at the pass. These esoteric (and painful) ICZN v
PhyloCode dicsussions might actually serve a purpose.
I don't know about "Cetiosauridae which is traditionally a paraphyletic family
under the ICZN but (of course) a clade in PN." The practice of having
paraphyletic groups did not really happen "under the ICZN"; it just happened
because taxonomists allowed it to happen. This wasn't (and still isn't) the
ICZN's forte. The ICZN only cares that the family Cetiosauridae is typified by
_Cetiosaurus_, and that (as a family) its relative 'rank' is maintained (e.g.,
if a subfamily Cetiosaurinae and superfamily Cetiosauroidea were erected, that
Cetiosauridae is slotted between the two).
I agree with the Megalosauroidea example though. But I still maintain that
-oidea clades are probably best avoided, because of their Linnaean hierarchial
Mike Keesey wrote:
> But in some instances the ICZN just says "valid", without specifying
> whether it means "nomenclaturally valid", "taxonomically valid", or
Yes, confusing isn't it. Many ICZN rules only tell us enough information to be
> Well, if you define _Ceratopsidae_ as Clade(_Ceratops montanus_ +
> _Chasmosaurus belli_ + _Centrosaurus apertus_), you can be *extremely*
> confident that _C. montanus_ belongs. :)
That'd work! Let's hope the new _Ceratops montanus_ material that I keep on
hearing about helps clarify its position.
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