Common Names => Classification (utility) & species (unique identifiers)

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Mon Jul 16 14:14:22 CDT 2001

Many of the Linnaean genera are distinct in the northern hemisphere because
we have a fairly poor fauna and flora compared to those found in South
America, Africa and Australia.  Thus, pines, oaks, elms, etc., appear
The same can be said regarding spider genera and families.  In the northern
hemisphere, they are usually fairly distinct.  In the southern hemispheres,
they fall apart.
Robin Leech
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Lammers" <lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU>
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2001 11:03 AM
Subject: Re: Common Names => Classification (utility) & species (unique

> At 12:46 PM 7/16/01 -0400, Christian Thompson wrote:
> >As an aside to those botanist read this stream. Do the Linnaean genera,
> >like Ulmus (elms), Quercus (oaks), Acer (maples), Pinus (pines), etc.,
> >remain in use in their broad sense that I as a zoologist think of them?
> >have they too been split?
> These genera you mention seem very "natural" -- Linnaeus seems to have
> delimited clades.  For other Linnaean plant genera, this is not true,
> though in many cases, the splitting was done within a generation or two of
> 1753 and so does not cause problwems today.
> Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
> Department of Biology and Microbiology
> University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
> Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA
> e-mail:       lammers at
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> Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
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