Genera with many species

Pieter Pelser pelser at NHN.LEIDENUNIV.NL
Mon Sep 26 12:14:04 CDT 2005


I counted about 4500 binomials for Senecio (Asteraceae).

Pieter

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On Sep 26, 2005, at 10:16 AM, Paul Kirk wrote:


> 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.
>
> Paul
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of veldkamp
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> To: TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU
> 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.
>
> JeF
>
>
> 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
>> binomials?
>>
>> Finn Rasmussen, Copenhagen
>>
>
>




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