International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

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CaptureThe International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) acts as adviser and arbiter for the zoological community by generating and disseminating information on the correct use of the scientific names of animals. The ICZN is responsible for producing the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature - a set of rules for the naming of animals and the resolution of nomenclatural problems.

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BZN 76: information updated on website

Mon, 2019-09-02 14:01 -- The second tranche of articles for BZN volume 76 was published on 30 August 2019. Information about Notices, Applications, Comments, Notes and Rulings of the Commission for volume 76 is now available from the website. We seek your patience as information from back issues and volumes are uploaded. Thank you very much.

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In memoriam: Pavel Štys (1933–2018) – Heteropterist and Commissioner

Fri, 2019-08-16 13:53 -- An obituary has been published for heteropterist and former Commissioner Pavel Štys (1933–2018) here. An announcement of his passing was published earlier this year in the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature.

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Cases updated

Mon, 2019-07-08 11:40 -- Information about Cases and Nomenclatural Notes published in the first tranche of articles for BZN volume 76 is now available from the website. We seek your patience as information from back issues and volumes are uploaded. Thank you very much.

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Migration of ICZN and Code websites

Mon, 2019-05-27 08:43 -- The ICZN and Code online websites have been migrated to a new platform and servers. The Commission and Secretariat would like to acknowledge and thank the team at the Natural History Museum (London) for hosting and maintaining the ICZN domain for all this time.

 

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Latest Pages Updated

Commissioners / About - updated 2019-09-27 8:37 (GMT +8)

Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature / Instructions for Authors - updated 2019-09-10 8:36 (GMT +8)

Cases / All Cases - updated 2019-09-02 13:57 (GMT +8)

List of Available Names / Rotifer parts of the LAN - updated 2019-05-06 11:49 (GMT +8)