Glossary Term: Orthographic Variant

(orth. var.)

1. In biology, within the science of scientific nomenclature, i.e. the naming of organisms, an orthographical variant (abbreviated orth. var.) in botany or an orthographic error in zoology, is a spelling mistake, typing mistake or writing mistake within a scientific publication that resulted in a somewhat different name being accidentally used for an already-named organism. The rules that govern what to do when this happens are laid out in the International Code of Nomenclature.
2. Orthographical Variants: Various spelling, compounding, and inflectional forms of a name or its final epithet when only one nomenclatural type is involved (ICN Art. 61.2).

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