Systematics vs. Taxonomy

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at MOBOT.ORG
Tue Jul 1 14:32:21 CDT 2003

At one time, "systematics" and "taxonomy" meant much the same thing. I
wonder how many Taxacomers have noted a recent difference in use of these
words, where systematics is now defined as phylogenetic analysis and its use
in classification, while taxonomy sums up plant exploration, identification,
curation, nomenclature, biogeography, chromosome numbers, and token analysis
with PAUP.

Richard H. Zander
Bryology Group
Missouri Botanical Garden
PO Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
richard.zander at <mailto:richard.zander at>
Voice: 314-577-5180

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