Genera with many species

Paul Kirk p.kirk at CABI.ORG
Mon Sep 26 09:16:31 CDT 2005

The fungus (lichen) genus Lecidea has over 4300 (valid [bot.]/available[zool.]) binomials but a proportion of these have been moved to taxonomically correct (bot.)/valid (zool.) genera.


-----Original Message-----
From: Taxacom Discussion List [mailto:TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU]On
Behalf Of veldkamp
Sent: 26 September 2005 09:01
Subject: Re: [TAXACOM] Genera with many species

A quick check with IPNI suggests that Rubus is the largest with 8475 hits.
Note that quite a few of these will be double ones, but this goes for other
names as well.


At 09:44 AM 9/26/2005, you wrote:
>Ken kinman wrote:
>"Isn't the beetle genus Agrilus still the largest genus in Kingdom
>Metazoa, with thousands of species?"
>It may be, but I think that some genera in the plant kingdom are larger.
>Euphorbia, Dendrobium, Bulbophyllum and Pleurothallis all have more than
>1000 spp., Euphorbia perhaps more than 2000. But most large genera are
>subject to taxonomist-erosion; marginal subgroups are gnawed off and
>given separate names all the time (leaving skeletal paraphyletic
>left-over groups behind). So the real interesting question may rather
>be: which generic name has the largest number of validly published
>Finn Rasmussen, Copenhagen

More information about the Taxacom mailing list