Why are there sometimes brackets around the author name?

Sometimes a species is transferred to a genus other than the one in which it was originally described. In this case the author name and date is put in brackets to show that it has been reclassified.

  • For example the lion was originally described by Linnaeus as Felis leo but over time knowledge of the cat family developed and the genus Felis was split up; the lion was placed the new genus Panthera and so the name is now Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758) (Article 51.3).
  • This differs from botanical practice where the author of the current combination is appended to the name.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith