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Arguments against the proposal 2302 by John & al. to reject the name Gonyaulax catenella (Alexandrium catenella)

AuthorsFraga, Santiago; Sampedro, Nagore ; Larsen, Jacob; Moestrup, Øjvind; Calado, Antonio J.
Issue DateJun-2015
PublisherBotanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum (Berlin, Germany)
CitationTaxon 64(3): 634-635 (2015)
AbstractJohn & al. (in Taxon 63: 932–933. 2014) proposed to reject the name Gonyaulax catenella Whedon & Kof., the basionym of Alexandrium catenella (Whedon & Kof.) Balech in order to permit usage of the more recent name Alexandrium fundyense Balech. The proposal was based on Art. 56.1 of the ICN (McNeill & al. in Regnum Veg. 154. 2012), which states that a name that would cause a disadvantageous nomenclatural change may be proposed for rejection. In our opinion the authors do not provide the necessary nomenclatural background for this proposal and misinterpret some of the data in the literature. In the following we argue that the proposal should be rejected as its acceptance will cause serious confusion. Species of Alexandrium belong to some of the world’s most harmful algae, and it is therefore essential that no unnecessary confusion is introduced to researchers and to the public, including monitoring personnel, regarding the names of these species
Description2 pages
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.12705/643.15
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/122446
DOI10.12705/643.15
Identifiersdoi: 10.12705/643.15
issn: 0040-0262
e-issn: 1996-8175
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