parsing taxonomic rank
dyanega at POP.UCR.EDU
Mon Jun 25 09:24:26 CDT 2001
Chris Thompson wrote:
>Higher categories have not standard endings. AND beware, genus-group and
>specie-group names can also have the SAME ENDINGS, for example, Xylotina or
>Ranoidea, are valid generic names; Collocalia terrareginae is a valid
>species gorup name. Because of this, one CAN NOT write a parsing algorithm
>for zoological names.
One of the most egregious examples is the family Aphelinidae, versus
the *genus* Aphelinoidea (which is in the family Trichogrammatidae!).
Talk about confusing...
Does that mean that one could never create a superfamily Aphelinoidea?
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521
phone: (909) 787-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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