[Taxacom] Integrative taxonomy

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sat Jul 31 19:23:46 CDT 2010

I rather think that the candidate species idea is a bad one! It complicates 
things without resolving anything. Species are inherently hypothetical entities 
and always subject to new evidence and/or interpretation. This is in part why we 
have the facility to synonymize names which we previously thought were good 
species. If a "Candidatus" proves to be a good species, then we still need to 
track published info about it when it was still a "mere Candidatus", which 
involves keeping track of all such names as if they were "official" names - so 
it simply just doesn't make life any easier to introduce a whole new class of 
names to be tracked ...


From: Aurélien Miralles <miralles.skink at gmail.com>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Sent: Sun, 1 August, 2010 1:15:55 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] Integrative taxonomy

Dear Taxacomers,

At the following link please find a recently published  review article (in
open access) on integrative taxonomy, co-authored by Jose Padial, Ignacio de
la Riva, Miguel Vences and myself, which you may find of interest.


We hope that this paper will contribute and stimulate the discussion of  how
taxonomy in the future can meet the goals of improving, on one hand, the
rigour of species hypotheses and, on the other hand, significantly
accelerate the pace of species descriptions. Any feed-back will be most

Sincerely, Aurelien

Aurélien MIRALLES, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher at the Zoologische Institut,
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

email : miralles.skink at gmail.com / amiral at mnhn.fr
website : http://amiralles.com/
mobil : (+33)(0)6 78 31 39 79

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