[Taxacom] Terminology of trinomials

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Tue Jan 1 13:17:28 CST 2008

On Tue, January 1, 2008 18:00, Paul van Rijckevorsel wrote:

> From: "Andy Mabbett" <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>
>> Are there websites, or other references, which compare and contrast the
>>  Codes' terminology?

> There is a preliminary page explaining some of the differences at
> http://www.bgbm.org/iapt/biocode/biotable.pdf, but presumably this is of
> no use to you. * * *

Not really, but thank you. I was thinking more of a comparative list of
names for infraspecies ranks, and so on.

>> How many Codes are there?

Thanks again.

>>> There is a feeling "out there" that it would be nice to have a single
>>>  Code that would deal with all living organismes.

>> Speaking as a taxonomy lay-person; that seems very sensible, if not
>> overdue!

> Well, I don't share the sentiment. Software is relatively easily to
> develop, so it makes no sense to me to try and forcibly change reality so
> as to make it easier to write software. I rather feel that software should
> be written to make it easier for the users to deal with reality. An old
> argument, I know, but still ...

While the software issue did occur to me, I was thinking more of ease of
learning for people new to taxonomy!

Andy Mabbett
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