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RE: Pterosaur Species List updates
Michael Mortimer wrote:
> Avgodectes is a synonym of Yixianopterus, then you can
> consider petitioning the ICZN to prefer the authors that
> published in a more prestigious journal,
_Avgodectes_ was not published in a journal at all. It was published in
"Prehistoric Times". In an ideal world, that alone should be grounds for
dismissing the name as a _nomen nudum_. But when it comes to names in the
"gray" literature (popular or quasi-scientific publications) the ICZN Code is
very vague on whether such publications are valid for nomenclatural purposes.
But I agree with your comments regarding nomina dubia. A nomen dubium is a
two-way dead-end. Further material cannot be referred to a nomen dubium, and a
nomen dubium cannot be referred to another species.