[Taxacom] [tdwg] Semantic Web: What is a species?

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Mon Jan 26 09:32:26 CST 2009

Gould (in his "Foundations") provides a summary of thinking that
supports the idea that higher categories evolve and may be treated
evolutionarily like individuals. Genera and families are then rather

Maybe not real like the table between two beer drinkers, who hear each
others glass thump when they put it down, but more real than the stories
they tell each other.

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The discussion on species could be endless, but I think it is "unreal"
compare species with higher categories (genus, family, etc.) and 
infraspecific categories simultaneously.
 True when compared to higher categories species are real as they
you first hand information from material, are not depedent on other 
categories (in great majority of cases, where there are no infraspecific

taxa), and unlike higher categories are nonarbitrary to both inclusion
well as exclusion.

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