Mia, there are millions of examples, since all species names have basonyms. Homo sapiens is its own basonym, since the name of the species hasn't changed. But I've found it hard to come up with examples where people would be familiar with both the basonym and the current name when the classification has changed. I'll let you know if I think of others.
Hahaha plethora, digital sorcery prevails! I'm also flattered to be the inspiration for a Sailor Moon attack, though I'm trying to figure out where anime panty shots fit in with html and basonyms (see, I used it!).
Couldn't basonym also mean "name given to a basilisk", or are all basilisks called Basil?
See, for example, the award-winning* children's book "Basil the basilisk grows an herb-garden", brought to you by the publishers of "Ethel the aardvark goes quantity surveying", and "Terry the termite eats crumpets with marmite".
* unlike its less successful sibling "Basil the basilisk loves casu marzu and ludefisk".
For those who don't want to scroll down (and down, and down...), a basonym is "the original, validly published name of a taxon" (says Answers.com). While a taxon is "a taxonomic category or group, such as a phylum, order, family, genus, or species" (again, Answers.com).
But you should really go pester Mollusque, our resident expert on this subject.
It's not some arcane, closely guarded knowledge, Pterodactyl :) It's easy, like this: (i)yourtexthere(/i) for italic, (b)yourtexthere(/b) for bold, and (small)yourtexthere(/small) for small (you can also substitute 'small' with 'big'). Only, you should replace ( and ) with < and > signs, respectively.
Edited: You, VanishedOne, almost gave me a heart attack. I thought that I did this! You so did turn everything red. Close the tag, pretty please?
I think the reason our googlipresence has dropped is that we don't have the actual word basonym mentioned enough per comment to make up for all the other stuff. So everyone just needs to add basonym into their comments.
If we just go on commenting, we will easily be. As far as I know, the reason why we are often on top is the number of links that every page generates (i.e. there's a link to the basonym page on all "recent activity" pages of people who commented here, on the lists that have it, on the "past comments" pages, on every other page where the word is in brackets...)
But what if the Wordie in question doesn't know the definition? Read several definitions, see if they agree, look for citations in Google Books, then come up with a definition that encompasses what you've learned. That's what lexicographers do. They define words they haven't previously seen, based on the available evidence. It doesn't mean that your definition will be complete or entirely correct, but it will be a good starting point for the next person who wonders about the word. And since Wordie ranks high in websearches for many unusual words, your definition is likely to be encountered.
That's why I'd rather Wordies write their own definitions – but what if the Wordie in question doesn't know the definition, but is trying to hunt it down, as I do? :) I try not to write definitions to words which already have one right next to them (in grey letters), but I find that words can be memorized better if some effort have been put into researching them. For me, Wordie is a kind of learning tool, instead of a social networking site.
No, Wiktionary's definition is incorrect. A basonym is the original name given to a nominal species. The name might still be in use, or the species might have been moved to another genus. The term is not obsolete, but is used mostly in botany and bacteriology, seldom in zoology.