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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2003, Vol 3, Num, 2     (Pages: 119-129)

A Warning Note on Frequent Mistakes in the Authority of Scientific Names of Fish

Ali Serhan Tarkan 1 ,Özcan Gaygusuz 1 ,Çi 2

1 Istanbul University, Faculty of Fisheries, Ordu Cad. No:200, 34470, Laleli, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Natural and Applied Sciences Institute, 17100, Canakkale, Turkey
3 Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of Fisheries, Ege University, 35100, Bornova, Izmir, Turkey
Viewed : 1029 - Downloaded : 775 Making parentheses mistakes in the authority of scientific names of fish is quite frequent. To determine this kind of errors, titles in Cumhuriyet Dönemi Su Ürünleri Bibliyografisi book and abstracts in ASFA (Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts) in year of 1998 were studied. Both datasets gave unexpectedly high percentages of authority errors. For some species, the error percentages were up to 96%. Logically, omitting parentheses was more common than adding them. These statistics should be taken into account in the authority of scientific names. To prevent these kinds of mistakes, some recent references and websites should be taken into consideration before using authority of fish. Keywords : Authorship, error, nomenclature, parentheses