[Taxacom] Terminology of trinomials

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Mon Dec 31 09:17:32 CST 2007

From: "Andy Mabbett" <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>
> Specific details would be helpful, please.

That is pretty hard. The Codes differ not only in their terminology, but
also in their concepts and organization. A common characteristic of all the
Codes is they are terribly precise in their terminology. Anybody who knows
enough about one Code to say something meaningful about it is thereby
conditioned against making an accurate statement on a detail in another
Code. The safe course is to deal with only one Code at the time.

There is a feeling "out there" that it would be nice to have a single Code
that would deal with all living organismes. To achieve this the
BioCode-project was started, resulting in a draft BioCode (several
subscribers to this list contributing). However, it is an open question when
the time will be ripe (if ever) to adopt a single Code for everything.
Presumably, it will be necessary first to have mandatory registration
accepted into all the Codes: a lovely controversial topic.

For the moment I am glad enough to have Codes that each are accepted 
worldwide (at least nominally). It is good to have Russian, Chinese, North 
and South Korean, European, American, etc, etc, zoologists agreeing to 
follow one Code (The same for botanists and students of other organisms, 
each with a relevant Code). The important thing is for zoologists to be able 
to agree among themselves on how to deal with a particular issue on an 
animal name; it is not a matter of any great importance that this is 
different from how the issue would be dealt with if it would concern a 


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