Paraphyly and names

SKÁLA Zdenek skala at INCOMA.CZ
Wed Jan 30 16:47:20 CST 2002

Tom DiBenedetto:
>6- If a particular taxon becomes the subject of discussion in the scientific
>community, it becomes far more useful to refer to the taxon with a name,
>rather than having to drag out the cladogram and point to the node

Well, this sounds a pretty bit more consistently; however I still think you will fall into problems with your methodology: Very often one need to have a *system* of taxa instead of to discuss one particular clade. Such cases include (but are not  restricted to) teaching of biology in a school, arrangment of national faunas/floras etc. In such cases, I suspect, the cladogram/ad hoc naming of taxa will not suffice.
Zdenek Skala

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