The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature was
established in 1895 at the 3rd International Congress of Zoology and are
the authors of the 1905 Règles Internationales which, according to the
1961 code introduction "continued to be the basic code of zoological
nomenclature ... ". The 1961 code superseded the Règles, which were
widely used by taxonomists in the period from 1905. American
entomologists had their own rebel code of 1912, so it would be true to
say there wasn't worldwide agreement, but there were international
committees galore updating the Règles between 1905 and 1961.
Not many polychaetologists still working today will have been operating
under the Règles though.
>>> On 21/04/2010 at 2:31 p.m., James Blake <jablake9 from gmail.com>
> Sorry Sergio,
>> Those earlier "codes"have no status. The first International Code of
> Zoological Nomenclature was published in 1961. Therefore sources of
> publication prior to 1961 were not covered by any sort of code that
> concensus of an international committee.
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