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A New “Nomenclator Zoologicus”

Nature volume 135, pages 292293 (23 February 1935) | Download Citation



FROM the time that the tenth edition (1758) of the “Systema Naturae” of Linnæus, which established the binomial system, was recognised as the basis of the nomenclature of animals, systematists have always had to face the difficulty of ascertaining what names have been used for genera. Since the same name cannot be validly used more than once in the whole of zoology, it is obvious that unless this information is reasonably accessible, many homonyms are inevitably created and themselves add to the confusion. Moreover, even when the existence of a name is known, it is often by no means an easy matter to find the original reference to it or to ascertain its position in the animal kingdom. Before describing the situation at the present day, it may be as well briefly to review the attempts that have been made to solve these problems.

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