[Taxacom] Addendum to my last post on Kingdom Protista

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Jul 21 22:33:48 CDT 2009

I really do think that the time has come to let go of fondly held  
Linnean obsessions of categorical ranks for taxa above family-group.  
Surely "superkingdom" is a self-contradiction - analogous to  
"supercosmos", or "superinfinite", or something! I can't see any  
alternative than to simply use unranked clade names, though one could  
perhaps SELECTIVELY label SOME as being equivalent to traditional  
categories? So Eukaryota would look something like this:

Amoebozoa - Opisthokonta - Excavata - Plantae (kingdom) ...

and Opisthokonta would go something like:

Animalia (kingdom) - Fungi (kingdom) - ... [add various unranked  
"protist" clades]

Just a thought!


Quoting Kenneth Kinman <kennethkinman at webtv.net>:

> P.S.  I meant to say Superphyla (not Superkingdoms) Excavata, Plantae,
> and Chromalveolata sensu lato (SAR).  Whether you want to call the
> second one Superphylum Plantae or Superphylum Archeplastida is up to the
> individual, but the term Plantae is far more familiar.
>          --------Ken
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