deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Thu Sep 17 04:56:07 CDT 2009
> How many names? Ambiguous question! Do you mean how many
> binomials, how many epithets, or how many nominal species???
Yes, that was *exactly* my point. (Not to mention the bane of my existence
-- at least in this sphere of my endeavors).
> >> Leaving this aside, authorship is emphatically not part of
> the scientific name.
> >I don't think anybody disputes this
> I did!
Sorry. I should have said "Most people don't dispute this."
> as if it were a unit. What else are you going to call that
> unit? ... the correct form of the name string???
GNI calls it "normalized".
> A good first step at harnessing information technology to
> create the ultimate taxonomic database would be to get the
> basics done FIRST - like a simple list of nominal species in
> their original combinations, or a list of "currently accepted
> species", Species2000 style, if that is well defined? Heck,
> even some sort of structured comprehensive generic list would
> be a great start!
That sure would be nice! When do you think you could have it ready for us?
(I'll leave this one for Dave Remsen -- particualrly in terms of the AGI)
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