[Taxacom] Ethiopian versus Afrotropical

John Grehan jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Wed Aug 13 11:56:04 CDT 2008


Proves my point. They're all arbitrary. They can feel whatever they
like, but the units do not have any empirical existence.

John Grehan 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-
> bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Thompson, Chris
> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 12:48 PM
> To: John D. Oswald; taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Ethiopian versus Afrotropical
> 
> John:
> 
> The term Afrotropical was coined by the dipterists at the then British
> Museum (Natural History) when they started on their catalogue of the
> Diptera of Afrotropical region.
> 
> Their (Crosskey & White) paper justifying this is in the Journal of
> Natural History (1977) 11: 541-544.
> 
> They felt as the Diptera Community continues to feel that
Afro-tropical
> is a nice match to Neo-tropical and the older Ethiopian name has some
> bad historical (racial) connotations, etc.
> 
> Now some dipterists are suggesting that we go further and change the
> Australian region into Austro-tropical region.
> 
> Cheers
> 
> F. Christian Thompson
> Systematic Entomology Lab., ARS, USDA
> c/o Smithsonian Institution MRC-0169
> PO Box 37012
> Washington, D. C. 20013-7012
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of John D.
Oswald
> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 11:36 AM
> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: [Taxacom] Ethiopian versus Afrotropical
> 
> 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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> Department of Entomology
> Texas A&M University
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> USA
> 
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> Bibliography of the Neuropterida:
>
http://entowww.tamu.edu/research/neuropterida/neur_bibliography/botn_sea
> rch.html
> 
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