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Taking a Closer Look at the Valid Publication and Authorship of Legionella bozemanae Brenner et al. 1980, Fluoribacter bozemanae Garrity et al. 1980, Legionella pittsburghensis Pasculle et al. 1980, Legionella micdadei Hébert et al. 1980 and Tatlockia micdadei (Hébert et al. 1980) Garrity et al. 1980

  • B. J. TindallEmail author
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Abstract

The names Legionella bozemanae Brenner et al. 1980, Fluoribacter bozemanae Garrity et al. 1980, Legionella pittsburghensis Pasculle et al. 1980, Legionella micdadei Hébert et al. 1980 and Tatlockia micdadei (Hébert et al. 1980) Garrity et al. 1980, all appeared in the same issue of the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology. Fluoribacter bozemanae Garrity et al. 1980 appeared as the name of new taxon at the rank of species and Tatlockia micdadei (Hébert et al. 1980) Garrity et al. 1980 as a new combination, both in the same original article in the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology. The names Legionella bozemanae Brenner et al. 1980 (originally published as Legionella bozemanii) Legionella pittsburghensis Pasculle et al. 1980 (originally published as Legionella pittsburgensis) and Legionella micdadei Hébert et al. 1980, all appeared initially in effective publications outside of the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology and were validly published by inclusion in Validation List no 5. While it is evident from the inclusion of the names Legionella bozemanae Brenner et al. 1980, Legionella pittsburghensis Pasculle et al. 1980 and Legionella micdadei Hébert et al. 1980 on Validation List no. 5 that the authors were following the 1975 revision of the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria, the wording of Garrity et al. 1980 indicates that they were following the interpretation found in the 1966 revision of the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria. Changes to the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria between the 1966 and 1975 revisions introduced new criteria for the valid publication of names. In particular, there was a change from all effective publications being accepted as the publication in which valid publication of a name could occur to only one journal being accepted as the publication in which valid publication could occur (the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, now the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology). This change has a direct effect on the order of valid publication of the names Legionella bozemanae Brenner et al. 1980, Fluoribacter bozemanae Garrity et al. 1980, Legionella pittsburghensis Pasculle et al. 1980, Legionella micdadei Hébert et al. 1980 and Tatlockia micdadei (Hébert et al. 1980) Garrity et al. 1980, their authorships, as well as determining which names should be treated as names of new taxa at the rank of species (sp. nov.) vs new combinations (comb. nov.) based on the names of existing taxa. Given the fact that Legionella pittsburghensis Pasculle et al. 1980, Legionella micdadei Hébert et al. 1980 and Tatlockia micdadei (Hébert et al. 1980) Garrity et al. 1980 share the same nomenclatural type, this also has an influence on which epithet has priority and which epithet is illegitimate.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung Von Mikroorganismen Und Zellkulturen GmbHBraunschweigGermany

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