Systematics vs. Taxonomy

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Wed Jul 2 09:12:46 CDT 2003

Taxonomy, as originally defined, included naming and classification.  It seems
to me that the methods employed to construct the classification are immaterial -
constructing classifications is a taxonomic goal.

Richard Zander wrote:

> 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
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