Some insight on naming of species taken from:International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria: Bacteriological Code, 1990 Revision.
(These standards are generally acceptable across the board)
Authors should attend to the following Recommendations, and those of Recommendation 6, when forming specific epithets.
- Choose a specific epithet that, in general, gives some indication of a property or of the source of the species.
- Avoid those that express a character common to all, or nearly-all, the species of a genus.
- Ensure that, if taken from the name of a person, it recalls the name of one who discovered or described it, or was in some way connected with it, and possesses the appropriate gender (see Appendix 9A). link here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.../books/NBK8801/
- Avoid in the same genus epithets which are very much alike, especially those that differ only in their last letters.
- Avoid the use of the genitive and the adjectival forms of the same specific epithet to refer to two different species of the same genus (see Rule 63).
Also, there is NO rule against naming a new species after one's self as per the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature which regulates this issue.
and finally for FAQ's I refer you here: https://www.iczn.org/outreach/faqs/
I'm sorry, but I am a mircrobiologist and this resource is extremely outdated and incorrect -- I mean, this is from 1990 and refers to "appropriate gender". These standards from over 30 years ago are not "generally acceptable across the board". It's not even true within bacterial -- the vast majority of known bacterial species are unculturable, and the rate of discovery of "new species" (species are a difficult concept in bacteria, but that is a different discussion) is greater than humans could manually name. If you are curious about this topic, check out this paper from last year: https://www.nature.c...1564-020-0733-x
I find this nearly impossible that very outdated rules for bacterial nomenclature are the accepted standard for insects or other animals
Thanks for the information, I am no microbiologist. I will edit that information. The ICZN information is sufficient for the discussion. Thank you for the link. Here is an alternative link: https://www.microbio.../ijsem.0.000778
Edited by PurdueEntomology, February 23 2021 - 12:45 PM.