Formality of Latin description

William A. Hayes bhayes at DSU.DELTAST.EDU
Wed Nov 8 15:54:03 CST 1995

Joseph makes an excellent point. As a zoologist, I do not have to follow
the Latin diagnosis rule but the importance of attention to detail and
clarity is definitely significant. We are writing these descriptions as
part of an historical record of how science is done. We may make some
errors of omission in our descriptions due to lack of information (more
undescribed species) but we definitely do not want our taxonomic
descendants looking upon us as in Joseph's yellow flower
example. Then, again, buffoonery to us may have been perfectly good
science to them. I guess it is all in your temporal perspective.

Now if only I could pay that kind of attention to everything else I do.

Best wishes,
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