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Published: 2022-08-25

The Linz Zoocode project. Second report of activities (2020).
Nomenclatural availability. 1. What is nomenclatural availability?

Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB), Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, EPHE, Université des Antilles, Paris, France
Takehara Station, Setouchi Field Science Center, Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Hiroshima University, 5–8–1 Minato-machi, Takehara, Hiroshima, 725–0024, Japan
Department of Biology and Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Stewardship, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085, USA
Museu de História Natural e da Ciência, Universidade do Porto, Praça de Gomes Teixeira, 4099-002 Porto, Portugal
Department of Terrestrial Invertebrates, The National Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa; Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa
Association RACINE, 5 allée des Cygnes, 35750 Saint Maugan, France
Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Route de Malagnou 1, 1208 Genève, Switzerland
DECOD (Ecosystem Dynamics and Sustainability), INRAE, Institut Agro, IFREMER, 35042 Rennes, France
Biosecurity Surveillance & Incursion Investigation Plant Health Team, Ministry for Primary Industries, Christchurch, New Zealand
Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB), Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, EPHE, Université des Antilles, Paris, France
Universität Greifswald, Allgemeine & Systematische Zoologie, Greifswald, Germany
FlyEvidence, Pentrefoelas, LL24 0TA, Wales, United Kingdom
Member of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature; retired head of the invertebrate collection (except insects), Biology Centre of the Upper Austrian Museum, J.-W.-Klein-Str. 73, 4040 Linz, Austria
Nomenclatural availability Principle of Availability publication promulgation nomenclatural and taxonomic status of nomina nomenclatural acts onomatergies

Abstract

This second report of activities of the Linz Zoocode Committee is devoted to a careful analysis of the concept of nomenclatural availability in zoological nomenclature, a concept often misunderstood and misused in recent taxonomic publications. It provides a definition of this expression and establishes a new nomenclatural principle, the Principle of Availability. It addresses a number of terminological problems related to this concept and makes new proposals regarding this terminology.

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