author of the name

Richard Pyle deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG
Fri Jul 11 08:42:44 CDT 2003

Whenever possible, I think the answer is "yes".  I'm not sure that
"Mandatory" is the right word, because there are times when you will want to
associate specimens with a taxonomic name, but do not have access to the
authorship of that name.  However, having spent the past several years
working extensively with taxonomic datasets, I can assure you that having
the author name is very helpful in many situations.


Richard L. Pyle
Natural Sciences Database Coordinator, Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817
Ph: (808)848-4115, Fax: (808)847-8252
email: deepreef at

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Taxacom Discussion List [mailto:TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG]On Behalf Of
> Liliana Lara Morales
> Sent: Friday, July 11, 2003 8:21 AM
> Subject: author of the name
> In biodiversity information system based on specimen data from biological
> scientific collection, should have as mandatory data
>   the author of the name and date of publication for the scientific name?
> Liliana Lara
> National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of the Biodiversity

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