Synonymy list

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  • according to Hottinger (2006):

SYNONYMY LIST - a list in their order of time of their publication of bibliographic references to previous descriptions and/or named illustrations of the taxon considered identical with the taxon being treated and thus a part of the hypodigm.

Remarks: The synonymy list is an indispensable instrument in taxonomic work justifying the identification of taxa and eventually the creation of new ones. A synonymy list should refer to the type description and in addition reflect the worker's own opinion on the taxon, which may be supplementd where necessary by particular comments. In most cases completeness of synonymy lists is of secondary importance. Copying synonymy lists of previous authors is useless; they may be cited as a block ("with synonymy") if the researcher agrees with the opinion of the previous author in all cases. Disagreements may be listed explicitly under the heading "non". Doubts or approximations of the identity may be expressed by the terms "affinis" (abbreviated aff.) and "confer" (cf.). The former means "near to but not identical", the latter expresses some doubts about the identification, useful in cases where not all diagnostic characters can be identified. Qualified synonymy lists help to enhance and deepen the concept of the taxon under consideration, and expand its documentation. The synonymy list facilitates the establishment of the taxons' range in morphological variation, space and time and permits factual correction of a previous author's work, thus avoiding unnecessary emotions.

See also


Hottinger (2006), Illustrated glossary of terms used in foraminiferal research. Carnets de Géologie, Memoir 2, ISSN 1634-0744

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