Fwd: Re: PhyloCode prefix/suffix?
rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Thu Oct 26 09:23:47 CDT 2000
On Thu, 26 Oct 2000, Philip Cantino wrote:
> Rich Pyle asked:
> >What was the specific objection to the required symbol?
> As I recall, the primary objection to a mandatory symbol was the
> "second class citizen" issue that Barry Roth brought up. People
> opposed marking PhyloCode names with a symbol unless names governed
> by rank-based nomenclature are also marked in some way, which of
> course the PhyloCode has no control over. My response was that the
> symbol could be viewed as a "value-added" symbol indicating that the
> taxon bearing the name is necessarily monophyletic, something you
> can't be sure of with names under the current system. However,the
> majority didn't buy this argument.
I find it hard to believe that your colleagues felt that it would create a
"second-class" citizen status for PC (is that an acceptable
abbreviation?) names. Do "African-American" or "Mexican-American" or
"Serbo-Croatian" imply second-class status? I certainly don't think
so. The addition of the exclamation is, as you suggested, a value-added
character. It makes it clear that the group in question is one that has
the added status of having been recognized (by the latest information
available) as a monophyletic group. I would hope that some of them are
Taxacom participants and that the mesages coming from these discussions
will help avoid confusion and onfounded concerns.
Richard J. Jensen | E-MAIL: rjensen at saintmarys.edu
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