systematics V taxonomy

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Thu Sep 5 20:17:59 CDT 2002

Quite the contrary.  It means that as a systematist, he/she is involved at
the philosophical levels of classification, whereas a taxonomist is involved
with identification and all the mundane aspects.  Many use the terms
interchangeably, but those who do not see systematics as the higher order,
and taxonomy as the lower order.
Robin Leech

----- Original Message -----
From: "Barry Roth" <barry_roth at YAHOO.COM>
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 6:36 PM
Subject: Re: systematics V taxonomy

> Mary Barkworth wrote:
> I attended a lecture once in which the professor stated "I am a
> systematist, not a taxonomist. Being a taxonomist requires too much work
> because one has to look at so many specimens".
> I presume that was meant to be a form of compliment to taxonomists ...
> Barry
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