A zoologist asks: botanical names practice

Barry Roth barry_roth at YAHOO.COM
Wed Jun 16 06:18:00 CDT 2004

Dear Taxacomers,

A colleague and I have a manuscript in submission to a zoological taxonomic journal.  In a section about the habitat of our studied animals, we briefly describe the vegetation and list prominent plant species.  The editor has requested that we provide full authors' names and dates of proposal for these plant species -- not just author/reviser abbreviations as we have done.

We took the plant names and author abbreviations from the current literature on our area, including the most widely cited regional flora.  Full names and dates are not given in that literature, and I think predominant practice is not to cite them.  It would be very burdensome for us to have to comply with the editor's request and the result would add little of value to the paper.  What are list members' experience and views on this subject?  Thanks,

Barry Roth

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