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Posted by Scott Thomson on March 07, 2002 at 13:54:23:
In Reply to: Re: Hoser Python Names Available under ICZN Rules posted by WW on March 07, 2002 at 03:26:24:
This is a tricky issue and one that has not been well worded in the code.
Ok, to use the artical to sink an unused name you must demonstrate you are doing so for nomenclatural stability.
Ok lets say someone found a 19th century name for a really well established species. Lets say it was Varanus varius (for arguments sake). The name V. varius has been used for a long time and it can be established that it is a stable name by citing 40-50 papers and books that have used it in the last 25 years. This hypothetical old name that has never since been used would cause major disruption to the current nomenclature and hence can be sunk as a nomen oblitum under the code (the method is as Wolfgang posted).
If you are describing a new species and you find an old name that has not been used for over 100 years, bad luck you have to use it as no harm to nomenclatural stability will come about from resurrecting the old name.
So Richard, you obviously read the code, but very clearly do not understand it. Please do not give innaccurate information on this subject.