Why is the ICZN Important?

Conservation
International conventions and national or regional legislation concerning threatened or endangered animals specify the species or subspecies name of the animals that the law intends to protect. Thereafter, protection goes with the name rather than the enda
Entomology
Drywood termites, where abundant, can cause great economic losses, with costs for control and repair of their damage rivaling that of subterranean termites. The West Indian termite Cryptotermes brevis is considered the world's most destructive drywood term
Palaeontology & Biostratigraphy
Since its foundation, the Commission has considered numerous applications dealing with the names of fossils including foraminifera, brachiopods, molluscs (e.g. ammonites), arthropods (e.g. trilobites), graptolites, reptiles (e.g. dinosaurs), birds (e.g. Ar
Medical & Veterinary Research
Leucocytozoonosis is a disease caused by protozoan blood parasites of the genus Leucocytozoon that is mainly transmitted by the bite of various species of black fly (Simuliidae). Both wild and domestic bird species are susceptible to infection with Leucocy
Farming, Fisheries & Horticulture
The names of the economically important edible octopus, Octopus vulgaris Cuvier, 1797, and squid, Loligo vulgaris Lamarck, 1795, were threatened by long disused senior synonyms. O. vulgaris, the common octopus, is a coastal species with a cosmopolitan dist
Biodiversity Studies
The term ‘biodiversity’ coined, in 1985, as a contraction of ‘biological diversity’ refers to the variety of life in all its forms, levels and combinations: including ecosystem diversity, species diversity, and genetic diversity. With the current internati
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith