Protolog is fine for Zoology, too

Richard Zander rhzander at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Tue Jun 18 14:05:47 CDT 2002

If I remember right, precinctive and atelochory (from van der Pijl) mean
much the same, refering to dispores being large and heavy and dispersed near
to the parent plant (adaptive in island and patchy environments).

There are lots of possibly superfluous terms for tedious scientific
concepts. I invented one: mundivagant, meaning that group of plants spread
worldwide by human activities. Nobody has picked up on it yet, but I use it
as often as possible, hoping.

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Robin Leech" <releech at TELUSPLANET.NET>
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2002 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: Protolog is fine for Zoology, too

> Hi Chris and others,
> There are a number of superb words that were "invented" for biological
> Some have slipped from favor.  For example, we use the terms "endemic" and
> "native to" for indicating a place of origin of a species, a genus or
> whatever.  However, the biological term "precinctive" was coined in Fauna
> Hawaiiensis in 1900 for that purpose.  "Endemic" is a medical term, and
> "native to" is an anthropological term.  You will find "precinctive"
> in the Webster's 2nd International Dictionary, but NOT in the Webster's
> International Dictionary.  You will find it in the addendum of some of the
> later-published editions of the Webster's 3rd.
> You can also find its origin given in the OED, along with its definition.
> Check it out.  It is a wonderful word.  We use endemic and native to
> because we are lazy - or don't know better.
> Robin Leech
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "christian thompson" <cthompson at SEL.BARC.USDA.GOV>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2002 8:21 AM
> Subject: Protolog is fine for Zoology, too
> > Dear Chris,
> >
> > Do me a favour will you and put this on TAXACOM.  The term "protologue"
> > was
> > invented for botanical use by A. J. Willmott (1888-1950)  a botanist
> > working
> > at the Natural History Museum in London in the early part of last
> > (pers comm from the late Wm T. Stearn - see the footnote by Stearn in
> > 1st volume of the Ray Facsimile of "Species Plantarum" (1957), p. 126.
> > The
> > use of the term is standard practice in Botany. Willmott defined
> > protologue
> > as "first discourse" to cover all the materials in the first account of
> > species - names, description, distribution, ecology etc.  See for
> > the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature - or simply type into
> > www - there are hundreds of examples.
> >
> > Chris Humphries
> > The Natural History Museum
> > London
> >

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