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The Genera of Fishes from Linnaeus to Cuvier, 1758–1833, Seventy-Five Years with the Accepted Type of Each

Nature volume 101, page 323 (27 June 1918) | Download Citation



THE aim of this list, which must have involved much labour, is “to give stability to nomenclature “by altering, for the sake of priority under new orules enacted by various committees the mission of which thus to revolutionise has never received general sanction, most of the names with which we are familiar and the change of which would defeat tEe very object for which the use of Latin names is intended. We are glad botanists have almost unanimously repudiated such suggestions, and we trust to tfie good sense of the zoologists of the future to treat in like manner these attempts at upsetting nomenclature, and thus adding to the -difficulties not only of systematics, but, even more, of every other department of biology. The writer of this notice is determined to continue, as in the past, to respect old names which have been universally in use, even if they do not. conform to the strict rule of priority, which should be applied only when no serious harm can result from the point of view of stability in nomenclature.

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