[Taxacom] FW: formation of zoological names with Mc, Mac, et

dipteryx at freeler.nl dipteryx at freeler.nl
Thu Sep 3 02:14:52 CDT 2009

Van: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu namens Jim Croft
Verzonden: do 3-9-2009 8:14
>... the use of author names on labels and other materials in 
>the Gardens is a waste of time and space.  Other than a 
>pathetically pretentious attempt to look scientific it serves 
>no useful purpose.  The only people who need to invoke 
>this information are nomenclaturalists when they need to sort
>out which name to apply to which taxon.  Once that is done and 
>documented, no-one needs to see it.  Especially not the public.

Yes, as a general rule, this is quite true. Of course there are 
cases in the literature where homonyms have created confusion,
and the users could theoretically have avoided their problems 
by looking closely at authorship, but as these users do not do 
that anyway (and tend to get even more confused if they do try)
it is pretty much theoretical anyway.


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