[:Chapter1:Chapter 1: Zoological Nomenclature]

Article 1. Definition and scope.

1.1. Definition. Zoological nomenclature is the system of scientific names applied to taxonomic units (taxa; singular: taxon) of extant or extinct animals.

1.2. Scope.

(Question: Couldn't Articles 11.5, 11.6, 15.1, 16.1, 21, 22, 25, 26, 50.1 and 50.2 be said to apply or extended to apply to names above the family group? Gary Rosenberg)

(Comment: They could. Still, I find it odd that the Code has this partial regulation of names above the family group, regulating when such a name is published, spelled, etc., but explicitly excluding regulating how to decide on validity (i.e., priority). I disrecommend extending the Code to fully regulate names above the family group, as I see little need for this - and as I sense a STRONG opposition in the taxonomic community. If the Code does not regulate what names above the family group to treat as valid, why regulate these names at all? Thomas Pape)

1.3. Exclusions. Excluded from the provisions of the Code are names proposed

1.4. Independence. Zoological nomenclature is independent of other systems of nomenclature in that the name of an animal taxon is not to be rejected merely because it is identical with the name of a taxon that is not animal (see Article 1.1.1).

Recommendation 1A. Names already in use for taxa that are not animals. Authors intending to establish new genus-group names are urged to consult the Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum) and the Approved List of Bacterial Names to determine whether identical names have been established under the International Codes of Nomenclature relevant to those lists and, if so, to refrain from publishing identical zoological names.

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