[tdwg-content] [tdwg-tag] canonicalScientificName

Dmitry Mozzherin dmozzherin at eol.org
Wed Mar 14 20:10:11 CET 2012

To add to Gregor's post

scientificNameAuthorship common usage assumes that a name is a linear
construct which is true for many cases. However in general scientific
name is a tree, and it is most obvious with names of hybrids. So when
people try to apply solutions like splitting name to canonical form
and authorship, it won't work for everybody and everything


On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM, Gregor Hagedorn <g.m.hagedorn at gmail.com> wrote:
>> - When providers had a text blob for the name, separate from the text blob
>> for the authorship, they could concatenate the two for presentation in
>> scientificName, and also provide the authorship bit in
>> scientificNameAuthorship, and the consumers could easily strip the
>> authorship from scientificName to produce the functional equivalent of a
>> canonical name.
> this does not work for autonyms in botany, i.e. the infraspecific taxa where
> the infraspecific epithet and the specific epithet are the same. Here the
> author is before the infraspecific epithet. Inconvenient, but prevents the
> simplest solution.
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