Disappearing taxonomists...

Jan Bosselaers dochterland at PANDORA.BE
Tue Feb 4 21:15:38 CST 2003

Hendrik Segers wrote:

> At 10:10 PM 2/3/2003 +0000, Tony Irwin wrote:
>> The time seems to be rapidly approaching when alpha taxonomy will
>> once again
>> be practised almost exclusively by ardent amateurs, the professional
>> taxonomist being just a quirky 20th-century phenomenon.
> And then when taxonomy will become fashionable again (which may happen
> one day, after people start realizing how much money and effort get
> lost because of poor taxonomy), professional taxonomists will have to
> again spend years to clean up the mess created by some (!) of these
> ardent amateurs...
> Dr. Hendrik Segers
Hmm, faut pas generaliser. Although a professional biologist, I am an
amateur taxonomist and I spent a few years trying to clean up some -
admittedly hard to avoid -  mess created by professionals that preceded
me in a few spider families. But I admit that in some fashionable groups
(basidiomycetes, gastropod molluscs, butterflies), ardent amateurs
inflicted quite a bit of damage, sometimes driven by commercial motives.



Dr. Jan Bosselaers
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