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onomatophore > onymophoront > neophoront

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  • Single specimen designated as onymophoront of a species-series nomen when the original or subsequent onymophoront(s) is/are considered to have been lost or destroyed. (Dubois 2005b)

Broader concept(s)


  • neotype


  • Etymology: G: νέος (neos), new - φέρω (phero), I bear - ὄν, ὄντος (on, ontos), being, individual

Scope note(s)

  • Code: Neotype: The single specimen designated as the name-bearing type of a nominal species or subspecies when there is a need to define the nominal taxon objectively and no name-bearing type is believed to be extant; if stability and universality are threatened, because an existing name-bearing type is either taxonomically inadequate or not in accord with the prevailing usage of a name, the Commission (ICZN) may use its plenary power to set aside that type and designate a neotype.

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Bibliographic citation(s)

  • Dubois, A. (2005) Proposed Rules for the incorporation of nomina of higher-ranked zoological taxa in the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. 1. Some general questions, concepts and terms of biological nomenclature. Zoosystema, 27 (2): 365–426.


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