names and numbers

Wed Oct 17 09:40:12 CDT 2001

>>>>From: MARTIN PULLAN [mailto:M.Pullan at RBGE.ORG.UK]
It does nothing to assist in the understanding of the communication. In
order to achieve this the concept associated with the name must either be
to be standard across all systems or must be communicated along with the
indentifier of the name.<<<<

This brings us to another point that's not been addressed.  Do you always
accept all the proposed new taxa described in your field?  Just because it's
validly described and published, that doesn't mean its a valid taxon by
anybody's criteria except the author's.  For example, a new race may be
described based on an inadequate sample (of specimens or of localities).

Now what?  Some collections may accept the new name and assign the new
number to those of their specimens that agree with the description.  Other
curators don't accept the new name and keep the old number for all their
specimens.  There goes the utility of the numbers.

Robin K Panza                         panzar at
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Carnegie Museum of Natural History       fax: 412-622-8837
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