Comment on the proposed conservation of Columba roseogrisea Sundevall, 1857 (currently Streptopelia roseogrisea; Aves, COLUMBIDAE) (Case 3380)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:T. M. Donegan
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:63
Date Published:03/2008
Type of Article:Comment
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I noted in Case 3380 that the wild and domestic species names given to the chicken Gallus domesticus and red junglefowl Gallus gallus may require Commission attention in future. However, the name Gallus gallus (Linnaeus, 1758, p. 158), which is usually applied to the red junglefowl, is senior to the name sometimes given to the domestic chicken Gallus domesticus (Gmelin, 1789, p. 737). Widespread usage of ‘Gallus domesticus (Linnaeus, 1758)’ or ‘Gallus gallus domesticus (Linnaeus, 1758)’ in recent ornithological literature and perpetuated in Case 3380 is an incorrect citation.
  The relative priority of Gallus gallus and Gallus domesticus (in the context of wild and domestic names) does not require the Commission’s attention because the species name for the wild population is senior to the species name for the domestic population. If the two names are considered synonymous or a trinomial is used, the wild species name Gallus gallus (Linnaeus, 1758) has priority under the Principle of Priority (Article 23.1 of the Code). 
  The above matter was mentioned only by way of introduction in Case 3380 and does not affect the facts or recommendations in Case 3380.

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