Species as "Hypotheses"

Barry Roth barry_roth at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jul 12 10:56:35 CDT 2004


A taxon has a "rank" in the sense that it is lower than (and contained within the scope of) another taxon and, unless it is a terminal taxon in the given classification, higher than another taxon (which is contained within it).  This is not the same as having a formal rank, or category, of the canonical systems -- Class, Order, Family, etc.

Barry Roth

Paul van Rijckevorsel <dipteryx at FREELER.NL> wrote:
> Guy Redeuilh Wrote:
> > This concept applies to a taxon better than a species only.

From: Richard Pyle
> To maintain consistency with the point of my original question, I would
have to qualify this as "ranked taxon".

+ + +
Seems to me that a taxon is ranked, by default. A taxon is a taxonomic
grouping, the result of the application of taxonomy. It is the core business
of taxonomy to make hierarchical classifications, and the units of the
taxonomic process are ranked.

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