Animal name changes in Turkey
The animal name changes in Turkey is the revision of taxonomic nomenclature of three subspecies by the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The name changes removed references of Armenia and Kurdistan in the Latin nomenclature of subspecies of each animal.
History and reaction
The declared taxonomic nomenclature for the three subspecies is effective for the Turkish Environment and Forestry Ministry. According to a statement released by the same ministry on March 4, 2005, the original names were divisive and contradicted "Turkish unity".
|“||Unfortunately there are many other species in Turkey which were named this way with ill intentions. This ill intent is so obvious that even species only found in our country were given names against Turkey's unity.||”|
Some Turkish officials have said that the original taxonomic nomenclature was intended in bad faith to imply that Armenians and Kurds resided in the areas where the animals lived. However, only the Latin or scientific names of the animals were changed.
Andrew Polaszek, the executive secretary of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, the organization responsible for establishing species naming conventions, has told in an inverview that the revised names are scientifically acceptable; however their acceptance depends upon article publications in scientific journals.
Revised taxonomic nomenclature
|Animal||Scientific name||Proposed new name|
||Vulpes vulpes kurdistanica|
||Ovis armeniana||Ovis orientalis anatolicus|
||Capreolus capreolus armenius||Capreolus Cuprelus Capreolus|
These changes currently affect only official taxonomic nomenclature usage by the Turkish Government.
- International Code of Zoological Nomenclature
- Geographical name changes in Turkey
- Turkish nationalism
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- Gunaysu, Ayse (March 4, 2009). "Learnings from the Sari Gelin Case". Armenian Weekly. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- Shahbazi, Shirana; Tehrani, Rachid; Zolghadr, Tirdad; Cone-Miller, Emily; Shahrzad (Artists' group) (2005). Shahrzad: history. JRP Ringier. p. 97. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
Turkey Renames Armenian Animals
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- Morris, Chris (2006). The new Turkey : the quiet revolution on the edge of Europe (Paperback ed.). London: Granta Books. ISBN 9781862078659. "A species of red fox known as Vulpes Vulpes Kurdistanica will henceforth be plain Vulpes Vulpes, while a species of wild sheep called Ovis Armeniana has been renamed Ovis Orientalis Anatolicus. Foreign scientists, the Ministry noted.. "
- Revue des deux mondes 2006 "L'espèce de moutons appelée Ovis armeniana a été renommée Ovis orientalis anatolicus. De même, le chevreuil dit Capreolus caprelus armenius a été rebaptisé Capreolus caprelus capreolus. « Les noms de ces espèces animales auraient ..." "
- La Recherche Numéros 393 à 398 Société d'éditions scientifiques (Paris, France) - 2006 - Page 96 "Ovis Armeniana devient Ovis Orientalis Anatolicus, Capreolus Capreolus Armenius se transforme en Capreolus Caprelus Capreolus, et Vulpes Vulpes Kurdistanicum, le renard roux du Kurdistan, s'appelle désormais en Turquie Vulpes ..."
- MacDonald, David B. (2008). Identity politics in the age of genocide : the Holocaust and historical representation (1. publ. ed.). London: Routledge. pp. 125–126, 261. ISBN 9780415430616. Retrieved 26 January 2013. "The Ovis Armeniana (wild sheep) is now the Ovis Orientalis Anatolicus, while the roe deer, formerly known as Capreolus Capreolus Armenus, has become Capreolus Cuprelus Capreolus. These previous names have disappeared thanks to ..."
- "Çevre Bakanlığı'nın üniter hassasiyeti". NTV:NTV. 4 March 2005. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- Pyne, Solana (10 March 2005). "Taxonomy, Turkish style". Science Now. Retrieved 26 January 2013.