International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

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The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature

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The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) provides and regulates a uniform system of zoological nomenclature ensuring that every animal has a unique and universally accepted scientific name. The maintenance of international standards in animal nomenclature is the unique role of the Commission. It is not the role of the Commission to become involved in taxonomic issues except where they have nomenclatural implications

The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) was founded in 1895. Its task is to create, publish and, periodically, to revise the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. The Commission also considers and rules on specific cases of nomenclatural uncertainty. These rulings are published as ‘Opinions’ in the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature.

The Commission currently comprises 25 members from 18 countries. The work of the Commission is supported by a Secretariat based at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in Singapore.


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