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fourteen spot 14 spot ladybird

Observed: 2nd June 2012 By: WS159
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 fourteen spot 14 spot ladybird
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Thank you for the correction.

Thank you for the correction. But I am curious as to why 14-punctata (ditto 7- 10- and so on )is given by a number of supposedly reputable sources, eg the drop down list here on ispot, FSC etc.

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me too

if so they are not following the ICZN Code which specifically says such names must be corrected, p.41. There are unfortunately many invalid names in the iSpot lookup list still, and I would not recommend it as an authoritative source of names, however, I understand from Martin Harvey that the lookup list is is to be overhauled, so hopefully the problem will resolve itself. Names used by NBN appear on the whole to be more reliable than those in iSpot.

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I hope they do update the database

apart from anything else it is real nuisance to be presented with a name, that then messes up the whole ID process.

I will now go through all my other ladybird obs and change them - but you will have your task cut out if you want to point out the errors to everyone on ispot who has gone with the digit style nomenclature.

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do you know if there is an way to search the ICZN code online, I have had a quick look at their website but it seems the lists are only available to purchase ?

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ICZN Code on line

Yes it's on line and searchable:

The bit about correcting numbers is article "In a compound species-group name of which the first part consists of a numeral (representing a number, numerical adjective or numerical adverb), the numeral is to be written in full as a Latin word and united with the remainder without any intervening mark.

Example. 10-lineata becomes decemlineata."

Please ask me again if there's anything I can help with.

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Thank you for the very

Thank you for the very intersting link, but I meant was there a database of names - so you would enter "coccinella" or "propylea" and it would tell you the correct options.

I think it is what they are calling "List of Available Names in zoology" , but I can't find this to search.

ETA: the search on the NBN site seems to fulfil this function, but is it 100% correct ?

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database of names

British ladybird names will be included in the Coleoptera checklist here:, which I can recommend.

I believe the NBN names are pretty good, I couldn't say it's 100% correct as I'm not familiar with all the taxa it includes. Such lists are in any case always evolving as knowledge improves.

There isn't a single list of valid names for all animals worldwide at present although various web databases are working towards it EoL, discover life ITIS etc.

The lists of names on the ICZN website are probably not what you need, these are names which have been been subject to rulings by the ICZN which is only a small proportion of all the zoological names there are.

N.B. the difference between available names and valid names, a species may have two or more available names, but only one valid name, usually this is the oldest.

Hope this helps