Auctor is Latin for author or originator. The term is used in Scholasticism for a "renowned scholar", and in biological taxonomy for the scientist describing a species or other taxon. The term is widely replaced by author in English-language works.[1][2]

Auctor also refers to a person who donates the genetic material used to make a clone.[citation needed]

Auctor is the name of a journal for postgraduate students of Classics, published from Royal Holloway (University of London).[3]

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  1. ^ International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, Glossary
  2. ^ McNeill, J.; Barrie, F.R.; Buck, W.R.; Demoulin, V.; Greuter, W.; Hawksworth, D.L.; Herendeen, P.S.; Knapp, S.; Marhold, K.; Prado, J.; Prud'homme Van Reine, W.F.; Smith, G.F.; Wiersema, J.H.; Turland, N.J. (2012). International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Melbourne Code) adopted by the Eighteenth International Botanical Congress Melbourne, Australia, July 2011. Regnum Vegetabile 154. A.R.G. Gantner Verlag KG. ISBN 978-3-87429-425-6.
  3. ^ Bradley, John; MacDonald, Ruth; Cole, Joscelyn; Van Broeck, Leen; Scherf, Sarah. "Auctor". Auctor - a journal for postgraduates in Classics. Retrieved 9 March 2016.