Emendation (taxonomy)

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In zoological nomenclature, emendations are alterations made to the spelling of taxon names. In bacteriological nomenclature, emendations are made to the circumscription of a taxon.[1]

In zoology[edit]

The change must be consciously made along with justification for altering the spelling originally used by the taxon author while describing the species. Any other spelling changes are considered to be unjustified. Valid emendations include changes made to correct:[2][3]

  • typographical errors in the original work describing the species
  • errors in transliteration from non-Latin languages
  • names that included diacritics, hyphens
  • endings of species to match the gender of the generic name, particularly when the combination has been changed

The binomial authority remains unchanged.


  1. ^ Lapage, S.; Sneath, P.; Lessel, E.; Skerman, V.; Seeliger, H.; Clark, W., eds. (1992), International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria: Bacteriological Code, 1990 Revision, Washington (DC): ASM Press  Rule 35
  2. ^ Follett, W.I (1952). "Emendation of Zoological Names". Systematic Biology. 1 (4): 178–181. doi:10.1093/sysbio/1.4.178. 
  3. ^ "Article 32 of the ICZN". ICZN.