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Published: 2021-11-08

It is high time that taxonomists follow the Code.
4. Amphibia of Indochina

Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, ISYEB - UMR 7205 - CNRS, MNHN, UPMC, EPHE, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Sorbonne Université, 57 rue Cuvier, CP 30, F-75005, Paris, France
Taxonomy ergotaxonomy nomenclature validity invalidity priority synonymy homonymy onomatophores authorship date types stability arbitrariness


A recent checklist of the Amphibia of Indochina contains several nomenclatural errors that should be corrected before they spread: two species-series and two genus-series treated as valid in this work are invalid; the authorships and dates of several family-series and of all class-series nomina mentioned are wrong; the information provided about onomatophores (nomen-bearing specimens and nomina) are incomplete and for some of them inaccurate. Besides, the ergotaxonomy (classification) adopted is methodologically poorly justified, supported mostly by ‘tradition’ and ‘stability’, and therefore arbitrary, heterogeneous and unreliable.


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