Taxacom -- Biological Systematics Discussion List


About Taxacom
English (USA)

Taxacom is an e-mail list for biological systematics. Named and brought to life by Drs. Patricia Eckel and Richard Zander, Taxacom began its peripatetic existence on a cold and blustery day, January 12, 1987, at the Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, New York, as a dial-up bulletin board system (“BBS”) that included “Flora Online” the first 100% online serial publication to receive an ISSN number (ISSN 0892-9106) from the U.S. Library of Congress, and a free Latin translation service. It migrated to a BITNET Listserv at Michigan State University, on Feb 9, 1990, and then to the Harvard University Listserv on November 2, 1992. The service went west on October 20, 1994 to the Univ. of California-Berkeley Listserv, and finally settled on the Listserv at the Univ. of Kansas Biodiversity Institute on May 1, 1999. It was reborn with GNU Mailman software on April 28, 2006. Peter Rauch (Univ. California, retired) and Jim Beach (Univ. Kansas) have co-managed Taxacom since 1990. The role of Taxacom in the biological systematics community has been examined sociologically by ethnographer Dr. Christine Hine in her 2008 book: Systematics as Cyberscience, MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-08371-3. Caveat Lector--the list, not the book. Original Citation: Zander, R. 1987. TAXACOM, an online service for systematic botany. BioScience 37(8): 616–618.

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the Taxacom Monthly Archives or the searchable Taxacom MarkMail Archive.

Using Taxacom
To post a message to all the list members, send email to

You can subscribe to the list, or change your existing subscription, in the sections below.

Subscribing to Taxacom

Subscribe to Taxacom by filling out the following form. You will be sent email requesting confirmation, to prevent others from gratuitously subscribing you. This is a hidden list, which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator.

    Your email address:  
    Your name (optional):  
    You may enter a privacy password below. This provides only mild security, but should prevent others from messing with your subscription. Do not use a valuable password as it will occasionally be emailed back to you in cleartext.

    If you choose not to enter a password, one will be automatically generated for you, and it will be sent to you once you've confirmed your subscription. You can always request a mail-back of your password when you edit your personal options.

    Pick a password:  
    Reenter password to confirm:  
    Which language do you prefer to display your messages? English (USA)  
    Would you like to receive list mail batched in a daily digest? No Yes

Taxacom Subscribers
(The subscribers list is only available to the list administrator.)

Enter your admin address and password to visit the subscribers list:

Admin address: Password:   

To unsubscribe from Taxacom, get a password reminder, or change your subscription options enter your subscription email address:

If you leave the field blank, you will be prompted for your email address

Taxacom list run by beach53 at
Taxacom administrative interface (requires authorization)
Overview of all mailing lists

Delivered by Mailman
version 2.1.20
Python Powered GNU's Not Unix Debian Powered