generic oversplitting (heart of the problem)

Ken Kinman kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 16 15:10:57 CDT 2001


Dear All,
      Generic names are where higher classification overlaps with binomial
(spelling?) species names, so that is at the heart of the problem.
Obviously if a species has been  assigned to the wrong genus, a name change
is necessary.  There is no avoiding that kind of instability.
     However, cladistic splitting has carried this process to a whole new
level, which even many scientists see as unnecessary, especially when it
involves the dismantling of perfectly good paraphyletic genera.  So it not
surprising that some have tried to circumvent the increased levels of
confusion and instability by resorting to common names.
     Therefore, I would once again appeal to PhyloCoders that they NOT
include generic names during their initial experimentation period (which is
probably approaching all too quickly for many of us).  Messing around with
generic nomenclature prematurely could well make today's level of confusion
look mild in comparison.  If taxonomy is looking "curiousier and curiousier"
to us, think what all this looks like to non-professionals.
             ------Ken Kinman
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