Names don't have to mean a thing!

Chris J. Durden drdn at
Tue Jun 15 23:01:34 EDT 1999

At 07:08  16/06/99 -0400, you wrote:
>If names don't have to mean anything (and I agree that the ICZN) doesn't 
>impose restrictions on meaning), why should reviewers have anything to 
>say about the name proposed by the describer. 
>I'm not sure that the code allows random letters (I thought it had to be 
>Latinizable).  But it does allow anagrams. Again drawing on birds: the 
>Eurasian or Common Kingfisher (known in England as The Kingfisher) has 
>the generic name Alcedo.  Some tropical genera were subsequently given 
>anagram names: Dacelo and Lacedo.  
>If the code did allow random letters would it preclude random numbers or 
>what we lovingly refer to as alphanumeric designations. 
>M. Gochfeld
   *septemdecimpunctatum* - you are supposed to spell the number out,
although you read *17-punctatum* in older literature. Also *c-album*,
*w-album*, *j-album*, *vau-album*. How about *dubya-album*?
......Chris Durden

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