[API-users] Canonical name of subgenus and species under a subgenus

Nozomi James Ytow nozomi at biol.tsukuba.ac.jp
Mon Feb 1 12:36:53 CET 2016

From: Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:22:49 +0000

> Looks like the issue is with GBIF's handling of data, rather than the data source itself.

Is it?  Scientific name of the subgenus is Diconoficus, isn't it?
ICZN Article 6.1 says:

6.1. Names of subgenera. The scientific name of a subgenus, when used with a binomen or trinomen, must be interpolated in parentheses between the generic name and the specific name; it is not counted as one of the words in the binomen or trinomen. It must begin with an upper-case letter.

It imiles that Ficus (Diconoficus) could be a scientific name only as a part of binomen or trinomen, e.g. Ficus (Diconoficus) gayana.
'Ficus (Diconoficus)' alone cannot be a scientific name of subgenus.

Interpretaion of '(Diconoficus)' as authority could be defandable because
sugensus name with parentheses shouldn't be there without species epithet.


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