[Taxacom] globalnames?

Paul Kirk p.kirk at cabi.org
Fri Sep 25 02:59:18 CDT 2009

Indeed, if there are homonyms, confusing or otherwise to non taxonomists
(and in this context), it's down to taxonomist (especially those with
the required nomenclatural expertise) to sort out these problems before
these homonyms 'hit the street' ... ;-)


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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] globalnames?

This rather speaks of a database mentality? "In texts aimed at non
taxonomists (field guides, red data lists, quarantine lists etc)" these
"potentially confusing homonyms", if any exist at all, will be so few as
not being worth listing (again, that is the whole purpose of
nomenclature). They will be topic-related, also.


Van: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu namens David Remsen (GBIF)
Verzonden: do 24-9-2009 15:51
> Mario,

> I agree.  Just point me to the list of potentially confusing homonyms 
> and I will pass the word.

On Sep 22, 2009, at 3:06 PM, Mario Blanco wrote:

>> For texts aimed exclusively at non taxonomists, yes, it is probably 
>> best to completely omit author citations, except in cases where there

>> are potentially confusing homonyms.
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> From:     Paul Kirk <p.kirk at cabi.org>
>>> In texts aimed at non taxonomists (field guides, red data lists, 
>>> quarantine lists etc) what would the inclusion of unabbreviated 
>>> author citation add to the understanding of the associated - usually

>>> taxon, not name - data by said non taxonomists? My opinion is that 
>>> nothing of substance is added by such inclusions and thus they are 
>>> best omitted.


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