Txonomy etc.

Don.Colless at CSIRO.AU Don.Colless at CSIRO.AU
Thu Jul 3 13:15:58 CDT 2003

Richard Jensen wrote:
"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"

I agree, but would add specifically the task of recognising new species
(and, by default, old ones, too). For workers in a fauna like the
Australian, such alpha-taxonomy is about all we get to do!

Don Colless,
Div of Entomology, CSIRO,
GPO Box 1700,
Canberra. 2601.
Email: don.colless at csiro.au
Tuz li munz est miens envirun

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