Commercial taxonomy

Piotr Naskrecki piotr at NECA.COM
Tue Feb 16 19:58:53 CST 1999

The business of naming species is already taking a more commercial, and,
in my opinion, more sinister, shape. Consider "Cricket Science", a
company that as one of its featured products offers naming a new species
for you. Here is a quote from their website

"YOUR NAME for a NEW SPECIES Program A one-of-a-kind opportunity for you
to honor or recognize someone special by having a scientist name a new
species using the name you provide! Perfect for an anniversary, birthday,
graduation, wedding, or Special Memorial! Item #29 $1,500"

Now, how is that for making taxonomy profitable! Imagine all those
"bobbyi", "johnnyi", "happybday", or "goodluckonyourexam" species.

Piotr Naskrecki

Piotr Naskrecki
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut U-42
Storrs, CT 06269, USA

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