How to … Name a new genus

Follow these steps if you need to erect a new genus:

  1. Check that your genus does not already have a name. See How to tell if a generic name already exists.

  2. Choose a suitable generic name, one that is correctly formed and has not previously been used. See How to correctly form a generic name.

  3. Choose a suitable type. See How to choose a type for a name of a new genus.

  4. Write the protologue. See How to write a protologue for a new generic name.

  5. Publish the protologue. See How to effectively publish a new name.

For more information, see Chapter 5 How to publish a new name in The Code Decoded.

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