A zoologist asks: botanical names practice

Frederick W. Schueler bckcdb at ISTAR.CA
Wed Jun 16 14:47:10 CDT 2004

Mary Barkworth wrote:

> I know of no good reason for citing the date of publication. I do see a
> good reason to state what references you used for identifying the plants
> (even if you just knew the plants you could cite some work that others
> less knowledgeable could use.

* amen. It's always seemed to me that it would be a more useful practice
to cite the authority you're following for the application and extent of
a name, rather than a ritual account of the original authorship, which
doesn't directly point the reader to a particular publication and isn't
necessarily related to the species limits that are meant to be
associated with the name and its type specimen. Pseudacris triseriata
(Weid) - does this mean I include P. maculata in the same species or
not? Who can tell - but surely that's the contemporary question about
any use of this name? P. triseriata (Platz, 1989) on the other hand,
states explicitly what species limits you endorse.

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