r.flowers at FAMU.EDU
Mon Aug 23 11:37:10 CDT 2004
On 8/20/04 6:58 AM, "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG> wrote:
> First, apologies for the cross-posting.
> I wonder if people on these lists could comment on the magnitude of the
> "problem" (if it exists) of taxonomic descriptions published by scientists
> who are not intimately familiar with the Codes of scientific nomenclature,
> and thus clutter the BioNomenSphere with unavailable names, or poorly
> documented taxa. Is this sort of thing relatively rare, or does it persist
> at a non-trivial level?
> Conversely, I was wondering if part of the "taxonomic impediment" couldn't
> be alleviated by making the process of naming new taxa easier for biologists
> who do not otherwise consider themselves taxonomists.
The "taxonomic impediment" will be alleviated when taxononmists are allowed
to do taxonomy and are adequately compensated for it. All else is
rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
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