Small change in the new Vienna ICBN

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  1. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Capitals for some species names (as used in e.g. some of Arthur Lee Jacobsen's books) are no longer permitted - compare Art. 60, Rec. 60F:

    In the old St Louis Code:
    http://www.bgbm.fu-berlin.de/iapt/nomenclature/code/SaintLouis/0065Ch7OaGoNSec1a60.htm
    And in the new Vienna Code:
    http://www.ibot.sav.sk/karolx/kod/0065Ch7OaGoNSec1a60.htm
    where the relevant sentence has been removed:
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Spellcheck: Jacobson.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Ooops! Thanks!
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    "Recommendation 60F

    60F.1. All specific and infraspecific epithets should be written with an initial lower-case letter."
     
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    To just what extent a "Recommendation" concerning orthography must be followed is something of a thorny question in the ICBN.

    Note this Article (not a Recommendation) . . .

    "60.2. The words "original spelling" mean the spelling employed when the name was validly published. They do not refer to the use of an initial capital or lower-case letter, this being a matter of typography (see Art. 20.1 and 21.2, Rec. 60F)."

    It concerns the cases in which a name, as originally published, may have its orthography corrected. But what it makes clear is that capitalizing is a matter of typography, not orthography.

    If anyone wishes to defy this Recommendation in its latest version and capitalize some specific epithets, there is absolutely nothing to stop them -- with the possible exception in the case of published work of editors who enforce style guides which stipulate that botanical names must comply with the ICBN.

    If you self-publish or put something up on a website you can do what you like. The ICBN does not have any legislative force, but is complied with voluntarily by most botanists.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Per 60.9. is the hyphen retained in crista-galli?

    Thanks
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yep.
     
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