kww4 at CORNELL.EDU
Wed Sep 6 07:01:12 CDT 1995
When keys constructed so that "not as above" is avoided by multiple
occurrence of a taxon in the key the end user may suffer much difficulty if
one thinks they know the taxon and wishes to backthrough the key. As has
been stated, taxa are often polymorphic and in many cases (at least in
beetles) a single character or state does not exist clearly diagnosing a
species or higher taxa. However, if clarity can be added by a paralleling,
negative couplet-half then authors should include the alternative.
Dept. of Ent.
Ithaca, NY 14953
kww4 at cornell.edu
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