Case 3682: The work ‘The White-cheeked Geese: [...] Taxonomy, ecophysiographic relationships, biogeography, and evolutionary considerations, Volume 1 [...] Volume 2 [...] by Harold C. Hanson: proposed suppression for nomenclatural purposes

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2015
Authors:Banks, RC, LeCroy, M, Schodde, R
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:72
Issue:3
Start Page:209
Pagination:209-2013
Date Published:09/2015
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:ANATIDAE, Anseriformes, Aves, Branta canadensis, Branta hutchinsii, Canada Goose, Nomenclature, taxonomy, Tundra Goose, White-cheeked Goose
Abstract:

The purpose of this application under Articles 78.1 and 81.1 of the Code is to suppress for nomenclatural purposes the two-volume work ‘The White-cheeked geese: Branta canadensis, B. maxima, B. ‘lawrensis’, B. hutchinsii, B. leucopareia, and B. minima. Taxonomy, ecophysiographic relationships, biogeography, and evolutionary considerations,’ by Harold C. Hanson. Reasons for suppression are the work’s many confounded new taxon designations, inappropriately chosen types, inadequately diagnosed new taxa, variable and confused authorships, and a flawed neotype designation. Together they serve as evidence of general nomenclatural dysfunction. If not suppressed, Hanson’s work will become a source of destabilisation the nomenclature of the Branta canadensis complex.

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The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature is accordingly asked:

(1) to use its plenary power to suppress for nomenclatural purposes the work ‘The White-cheeked Geese: Branta canadensis, B. maxima, B. ‘lawrensis’, B. hutchinsii, B. leucopareia, and B. minima. Taxonomy, ecophysiographic relationships, biogeography, and evolutionary considerations, Volume 1, Eastern taxa (2006); Volume 2, Western taxa, biogeography, and evolutionary considerations (2007)’ by Harold C. Hanson;

(2) to place on the Official Index of Rejected and Invalid Works in Zoological Nomenclature the work ‘The White-cheeked Geese: Branta canadensis, B. maxima, B. ‘lawrensis’, B. hutchinsii, B. leucopareia, and B. minima. Taxonomy, ecophysiographic relationships, biogeography, and evolutionary considerations, Volume 1, Eastern taxa (2006); Volume 2, Western taxa, biogeography, and evolutionary considerations (2007)’ by Harold C. Hanson, as suppressed in (1) above.

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