ICZN in Papers & Press

"In 1812, the giant tortoise of the Indian Ocean atoll of Aldabra was given a scientific Latin name: Testudo gigantea.

Then, for more than two centuries, researchers sparred over what to call the 600-pound creature.

In recent months, the slow-moving debate quickened. Rival biologists published more than 100 pages of lengthy, academic arguments for why the animal should retain the gigantea name or take on another scientific moniker. Elephantina was held out as one possibility; dussumieri another."

Gigantea vs. Elephantina Isn't a Monster Movie—It's a Slow-Moving War of Words

An interview with Frank-T. Krell, Commissioner of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature and Chair of the ICZN ZooBank Committee.

BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012, 12:184

Jay M. Savage has started a new series on Herpetological Nomenclature in the journal Herpetological Review.

"Beginning with this issue of Herpetological Review, a section dealing with all aspects of zoological nomenclature as they relate to herpetology will appear from time to time. The main focus in this section will be to call attention of the herpetological community to major issues in zoological nomenclature, pending herpetological cases under consideration by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), rulings (Opinions) by the Commission on these cases, and related articles by members of SSAR on nomenclatural matters."

Above quote and PDF below: Copyright Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, reprinted with permission.

ICZN Vice President Daphne Fautin is interviewed about naming animals in the lastest edition of Chemical and Engineering News.

BBC News article about species named after famous people, includes quote from Ellinor Michel (Executive Secretary).

BBC News: 10 species named after famous people

Paper describing the technical structure of the ICZN website and its use of the Scratchpads platform, as well as future plans and ZooBank integration.

Piece from the Natural History Museum on the designation of a neotype for Archaeopteryx lithographica.

Museum's Archaeopteryx is the specimen to refer to

"Try to imagine a world in which our languages have no nouns. How well could we communicate? This challenge was posed by Michael Dixon, Director of London’s Natural History Museum, to an audience of nearly 700 people gathered at the Royal Geographical Society on 16th December last year."

This paper follows the guidelines originally agreed with PloS for ‘Almost E-only Publication’ – An interim solution.

In addition David Notton recieves an acknowedgment for his assistance.

"Special thanks to [...] D. Notton, ICZN Secreatriat, for assistance on taxonomic treatment."

Charlton-Robb K, Gershwin L-a, Thompson R, Austin J, Owen K, et al. (2011) A New Dolphin Species, the Burrunan Dolphin Tursiops australis sp. nov., Endemic to Southern Australian Coastal Waters. PLoS ONE 6(9): e24047. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024047

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith