critter names

Vr. Richard Bejsak-Colloredo-Mansfeld ricardo at ANS.COM.AU
Sat Oct 13 08:48:04 CDT 2001

another idea for numbering system

genus specie  1987:23 - 654.3

where 1987 year of publishing :23 =  page
            654  code for publication
             number 3 is there if there is more then 1 description on the
page, 3 is third description from the top.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG>
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2001 3:28 PM
Subject: Re: critter names

> Ron Gatrelle wrote:
> > 2)  My main thought was on all
> > "world genera known and unknown"  which is the valid point in there.  If
> > one is going to assign random numbers for cataloging and inventory it
> > should be done is such a way from the start that the same number =
> > entity is globally standardized.
> That depends on what you mean by "biotic entity".  This is where it
> critical to distinguish taxon "names" from biological taxon "groups".  My
> feeling is that the numbers (and global catalog) should be about "names",
> not about biological entities (i.e., circumscriptions of names). Names are
> objective - they have a single original description, and are anchored to
> biological world through a single primary type (assuming that eventually
> names based on syntypes eventually become anchored to a single neotype or
> lectotype). These are the entities (names) that we ought to catalog.  A
> second layer of effort is the mapping of those names to actual populations
> of critters and weeds beyond the primary types - the business of
> circumscriptions.  This can also be centralized with respect to listing
> the "assertions" about the broader definition of the names, the assertions
> themselves being objective entities (representing a particular subjective
> interpretation by a taxonomist about the scope of a given taxon name). But
> that's a whole 'nother topic of discussion in itself.  What we need to
> on first is a phone-book of just the names tied to their original
> descriptions and, ideally, their types (in the case of genera, that would
> type species, rather than type specimens).
> > It will have to be done sooner or later.
> > Putting more man hours in now would seem to translate to less man hours
> > later to re-do everything or adjust something.
> Agreed!
> Aloha,
> Rich

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