Re: taxonomic terms
O.k., it's hardcore time:
Homotypic synonym is a synonym(ous name) of a species based on the SAME type
specimen that was also used previously as the basis for an older (and
priorable) name. Or: at one time somebody came up with a name for a new
species and anchored that name to a type specimen and later a less observant
person, created a new name of that species based on that same type specimen
(gosh, I DO hope you know what type specimens are, or this explanation
doesn't make any sense). So the priorable name and its synonym are based on
the SAME (homo-) type (-typic) specimen.
Heterotypic synonym: a person creates name for a newly described species,
and achors that name to a type specimen. Later another person also
recognises that new species but from another specimen (apparently not having
seen the previous specimen with the older new name on it [we're talking
herbarium specimens or stuffed animal specimens.....]) and so he/she creates
a second name (synonym) for a species but anchored this name to a specimen
that is NOT the same (hetero-) specimen (-type) to which was anchored the
first and priorable name.
For further confusion: a type specimen is a preserved specimen of a species
upon which a taxonomist has based his/her name for that species. Or better:
the one specimen to which the name of a new species is forever anchored.
Blah, blah, blah........
Anyone understanding this needs treatment FAST!!!!!!!! (taxonomists
excepted, because they are already locked up in "herbaria"........which is a
homotypic synonym for "mental institution"....).
Van: Richard_Berry@doh.state.fl.us <Richard_Berry@doh.state.fl.us>
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Datum: zaterdag 4 maart 2000 5:47
Onderwerp: taxonomic terms
>I recently encountered two taxonomic terms that are new to me:
>"homotypic synonym" and "heterotypic synonym". I can not find their
>definitions in any botanical or horticultural dictionary to which I have
>access. Can someone out there help? Thanks.