parsing taxonomic rank

Barry M. OConnor bmoc at UMICH.EDU
Mon Jun 25 16:37:55 CDT 2001

>Chris Thompson wrote: CAN NOT write a parsing algorithm for zoological names.
At 9:24 AM -0700 6/25/01, Doug Yanega wrote:
>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?
Names in the species, genus & family groups are independent, so one could
elevate Aphelinidae to superfamily rank with no problem.  Similarly, names
covered by the botanical and microbiological codes can also be redundant
with zoological names. - Barry

So many mites, so little time!
Barry M. OConnor
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