Stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus...
the "incriminated" Alitta (=Neanthes) was a mistake (mine) in proofs
corrections, in fact it was emended in the title and most of the text,
while it remained in the running title and abstract...
I am currently providing, if possible, to correct the online version
of the paper, to be hopefully admitted again in the polychaete (and
Maria Cristina Gambi
Citando Geoff Read <Geoffrey.Read from niwa.co.nz>:
> Hi there,
>> A recent paper in an important publication had the formulation "
> Alitta (=Neanthes) succinea" in the first lines of the abstract and
> introduction, and even in the running title!
>> No, no no! That is just silly. It offends my eye, and it will
> confuse the biologist public, and I dare say, informatics data
> algorithms will get it wrong when parsing the name.
>> What was really meant was " Alitta succinea [formerly Neanthes
> succinea] " Of course it was also formerly several other
> combinations, starting with Nereis. But we progress.
>> Too late now, but since how to handle this situation is still not
> clear to a few I raise the matter here again. It's quite
> straightforward. WE DO NOT PUT COMMENTS INTO SPECIES NAMES. A name
> with first letter in upper case that is interpolated in parenthesis
> between genus and species is solely for the intermediate category,
> subgenus. But Neanthes will never be a subgenus of Alitta. Likewise
> Neanthes and Alitta are not equivalent so why the equals sign? The
> formulation Alitta (=Neanthes) succinea is thus nonsensical.
>> How to formulate correctly is covered by Recommendation 6A of the
> current ICZN code.
>>http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted-sites/iczn/code/index.jsp?article=6&nfv=#1>> " Recommendation 6A. Undesirable interpolation of certain
> genus-group names in binomina or trinomina. No genus-group name
> other than a valid subgeneric name should be interpolated between a
> generic name and a specific name, even in square brackets or
> parentheses. An author who desires to refer to a former generic
> combination should do so in some explicit form such as
> "Branchiostoma lanceolatum [formerly in Amphioxus]".
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