Vanessa movements and Peck's skipper
Chris J. Durden
drdn at mail.utexas.edu
Fri Jun 8 03:34:42 EDT 2001
I think the field guide use of *peckius* is merely reluctance to accept
the argument of Evans, and its subsequent endorsement in the Miller & Brown
At 05:33 PM 6/7/2001 -0400, you wrote:
> Thanks for responding to the second question of my post concerning
>skipper. I was beginning to think that my taxonomy query got swept up in the
>"sound and fury" of the Vanessa migration (irruption, emigration, whatever?).
> So if I understand correctly it is a nomenclatural issue for Pyle, who
>apparently believes that Polites peckius and P.coras are conspecific and P.
>coras would take precedence, having been validly published first? I
>could guess that Glassberg does NOT believe they are conspecific, but then
>again maybe he just uses the more familar taxon since it is ONLY a field
>guide. Which brings me to the question ; Does zoological nomenclatural
>make exceptions to rules of precedence the way Botanical nomenclature does if
>the committee votes it in? Is this getting too technical here? I'm starting to
>feel like I'm pulling ticks off a dead elephant.
In Zoology the use of a committee ruling to railroad suppression of an
ignored senior name is exceptional but not unheard of. It is a big deal. I
don't think there are nearly as many of these exceptions to priority than
there are in Botany. A good thing too!
Nothing wrong with pulling ticks off a dead elephant as long as it is a
mammoth in permafrost and both it and the ticks have fairly fresh DNA.
> Anyway thanks again for the
> Bill Yule
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