[Taxacom] FW: Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Sun Jan 31 15:35:58 CST 2010

I agree with Frank. It is surely obvious enough that the gulf between corporate/professional and independent taxonomists is growing wider and wider. It becomes too easy to label independents as "rogues". There is a definite trend to increasing the "standards" for publication in systematics so that only those with facilities to expensive equipment can achieve those standards, and we are losing sight of good old descriptive taxonomy. One amusing thought just struck me - say what you like about Makhan, but he is still a far better taxonomist than that guy Linnaeus ever was! :)

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Wolfgang Wuster: "The only reason vandals are common in taxonomy [...]"

Common? The names I heard in these discussions are Hoser, Wells, Wellington, Makhan. Sometimes a Turkish name comes up, just becasue this colleague replaces homomyms without much insight.
Why is is always the same four names that come up if  'vandals' are so common?

Wolfgang Wuster "The question is, wouldn’t we be better off learning from
history, rather than being its prisoner?"

I personally would prefer not being prisoner of a handfull of people who are declared 'vandals' by some others. I would prefer to maintain the freedom of speach in taxonomy.

We seem to live in a time in which a tiny number of people can easily change the lifes of the majority. In case of airport security, I can somewhat understand that our freedom is increasingly restricted, because lifes are at stake. I case of 'rogue' taxonomy, I am not so sure.


Dr Frank T. Krell
Curator of Entomology
Commissioner, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
Chair, ICZN ZooBank Committee
Department of Zoology
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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