alexa The Anatomy of a Proposed Name Change Involving Chthama
ISSN: 2155-9910

Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development
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The Anatomy of a Proposed Name Change Involving Chthamalus southwardorum (Cirripedia, Balanomorpha, Chthamalidae), A Critique

William A Newman1*, John S Buckeridge2 and Fábio Pitombo3

1 Marine Biological Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA 92093-0202, USA

2Earth and Oceanic Systems Research Group, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia

3Departamento de Biologia Marinha, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, RJ 24020-141, Brazil

*Corresponding Author:
Newman WA
Marine Biological Research Division
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
La Jolla, CA 92093-0202, USA
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Received date: July 10, 2016; Accepted date: September 14, 2016; Published date: September 20, 2016

Citation: Newman WA, Buckeridge JS, Pitombo F (2016) The Anatomy of a Proposed Name Change Involving Chthamalus southwardorum (Cirripedia, Balanomorpha, Chthamalidae), A Critique. J Marine Sci Res Dev 6:207. doi:10.4172/2155-9910.1000207

Copyright: © 2016 Newman WA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



This critique concerns the correct name for a species, itself a relatively trivial matter of little immediate consequence to science other than evidently complicating our understanding of diversity and this is contrary to the goal of the Binomial or Linnaean System of Nomenclature [1]. This system is presently governed by the “International Code of Zoological Nomenclature” authored by the ”International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature” and first published in 1961. There are two relatively recent editions of the Code [2,3] and they often differ in subtle and sometimes confusing ways whereby some commissioners as well as practicing taxonomists may read parts of an old rule into its current counterpart, as seems apparent in the present case.


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