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Re: Pantydraco and the worst dinosaur name



Given what I have read about microbiology, I might humbly suggest that prokaryotes in general represent a stage in life where the "species" has yet to evolve. The concept just may not be explicable. Sapp's "The New Foundations of Evolution on the Tree of Life" is an interesting read on the history of prokaryote species, classification, and their phylogenetic systematics.

Dan

On 3/12/2011 3:12 AM, David Marjanovic wrote:
 When it comes to the naming of prokaryotes, the International Code
 of Nomenclature of Bacteria (ICNB) is prepared to hold its authors to
 a much higher standard (Rule 57a: "Any name or epithet should be
 written in conformity with the spelling of the word from which it is
 derived and in strict accordance with the rules of Latin and
 latinization.) Not only do new bacterial names come with a complete
 etymology (including gender), but also a recommended pronunciation.

That said, the ICNB has such strict requirements for naming new species that microbiologists do not routinely name new ones the way many zoologists and quite a few botanists do. To name a species under the ICNB, you first need to cultivate it under laboratory conditions -- and for many known taxa that anyone would immediately want to name as a species, this is plainly not possible, at least not yet --, and then you need to publish the name in one particular journal because it's not valid otherwise. In fact, the ICNB has an official candidate status for names, and even that isn't easy to reach.

And are those "rules of [...] latinization" written down anywhere?

 In so many respects, the ICZN is well behind the ICNB.

The historical development has of course gone in the opposite direction -- the Strickland Code even prescribed one single way to transcribe Greek.