[Taxacom] Ethiopian versus Afrotropical

John Grehan jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Wed Aug 13 11:35:53 CDT 2008


Here's my suggestion, although I doubt you will agree. I would suggest
not using either term as they both refer to purely arbitrary
abstractions that have no biogeographic reality.

John Grehan



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> bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of John D. Oswald
> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 11:36 AM
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> Subject: [Taxacom] Ethiopian versus Afrotropical
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> Can anyone provide commentary on the appropriateness, preference,
and/or
> subtleties involved in using the term Ethiopian, versus Afrotropical,
in
> referring to the biogeographic faunal region that generally
encompasses
> sub-Saharan Africa and parts of the southern/southeastern Arabian
> peninsula? Is usage here largely determined by the historical usage
> found in the literature of different taxa? Does this usage vary
> appreciably based on where one works (e.g., do biologists in Africa
tend
> to use one term, while biologists in other areas of the world tend to
> use the other)? Which is the 'better' term, and why? Are there
> substantive reasons for using one term over the other? Are the terms
> considered synonymous in general usage, or are there important
> subtleties of meaning implicit in each? Is there a concise discussion
of
> these issues in the literature somewhere (citations please...)?
> 
> John Oswald
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