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

Richard Jensen rjensen at saintmarys.edu
Mon Jan 26 10:00:43 CST 2009

I have also heard it referred to as "what a competent taxonomist says it 
is." And there are other variants based on different adjectives, e.g., 
good, qualified. I suspect that this is why many taxonomists have 
referred to taxonomy as an "art".

Dick J

Richard Jensen, Professor
Department of Biology
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Tel: 574-284-4674

Richard Zander wrote:
> Well, operationally, a species needs to be described and published
> according to the rules, then survive the marketplace of ideas. This is
> close to "what a community of taxonomists say it is" and rather
> different from "what a taxonomist says it is" (which I have also heard).
> The former is in a somewhat different class than the latter. I know of
> species I recognize and others (possibly even most others) do not.
> Reality then lies in the community's apprehension of how well they help
> describe a larger reality, some complex system.
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> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] [tdwg] Semantic Web: What is a species?
> I've said it many times before on this list elsewhere: 
> "A species is what community of taxonomists says it is."
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