[Taxacom] the hurdle for all biodiv informatics initiatives

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Thu Feb 18 19:55:59 CST 2010

Dear all,

The problem that Rich et al. are addressing actually only has a few parts (although quite possibly I have missed something...)

1. Some/most taxa have more than one name (or name variants - especially including author + year)
2. Some/many names can refer to more than one taxon (especially at genus level)
3. Some taxa can be more than one taxon (and vice versa)
4. Most taxa can be placed in more than one higher classification (and sometimes change rank as well)
5. New taxa / name combinations / spelling variants are appearing all the time, in an uncontrolled manner (except maybe in Bacteria)
6. All/any of the above can (and generally have) change/d through time, or according to who you talk to.

That's it, I think... not too hard, surely? 
(I guess I am ignoring misidentifications and misapplied names in the above, to keep it simple...)

Regards - Tony

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Dear all,

Rich Pyle wrote...

...C. sodalis (Le Conte 1848)
C. sodalis (Le Conte)
C. sodalis (LeC., 1848)
C. sodalis (LeC. 1848)
C. sodalis (LeC.)
C. sodalis (LeC)
....and that's just a fraction of the possible variations!

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