significance of name-bearing types

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Wed Oct 2 09:18:16 CDT 2002

At 02:19 2002.10.02, Giulio Cuccodoro wrote:
>Don't confuse taxonomy (definition of taxa) with nomenclature (how taxa
>must be named). Name-bearing types are so precious because they are the
>material link between taxonomy and nomenclature.

Absolutely. And it has nothing (currently) to do with typology. Without
types as the material link, taxonomy is a science without standards ( =
commonly understood names), and nomenclature is a parlor game without

And for all you database fans, it would be like doing a join on two tables
that didn't have a field in common.

Curtis Clark        
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