Talk:Nomen dubium

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Whats the botancal version of this? it should be linked to !

There is no equivalent botanical term. MrDarwin 15:15, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

nomen dubium or species inquirenda?[edit]

These terms are closely related in some way that isn't entirely clear. Possibly, a species inquirenda is best thought of as a name whose application is problematic, whereas a nomen dubium is a name whose application is considered to be hopeless to resolve, so a neotype must be designated if the name is ever to be used. Stho002 (talk) 23:00, 12 June 2011 (UTC)

I think you're right. A "species inquirenda" is a species that needs to be inquired about, that needs further research to resolve its affinities—similar to incertae sedis. A "nomen dubium" is a dubious name that, as you say, is hopeless to resolve. Ucucha 21:31, 13 June 2011 (UTC)
I don't think species inquirenda concerns resolving affinities, like incertae sedis does. It just concerns what species a name applies to. So, for example, the name Aus bus, if it isn't clear to what species it applies, is a species inquirenda, as long as there is hope for resolution. Otherwise, it is a nomen dubium Stho002 (talk) 22:38, 13 June 2011 (UTC)