[Taxacom] GBIF: perpetuating probably defunct unpublished names

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Fri May 21 23:29:14 CDT 2010

isn't finding, accounting for and correcting these sorts of things
what the business of nomenclature and taxonomy is all about?   no harm
no foul?

it is probably a bit unreasonable to expect everyone to get everything
right every time, and it is no one person's (provider's)
responsibility - we are all on the same side, and we all try to
address the broken bits we see...

in our collection we work hard to avoid focussing fault.  if there's a
problem, it's everyone's problem, and everyone (which in reality
usually means someone!) gets to fix it... taxonomy is a bit like
that... :)


On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Stephen Thorpe
<stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
> this isn't very helpful:
> http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Agalba_lawrencei
> http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Agalba_storeyi
> at least my Wikispecies pages clearly indicate that they are unpublished names
> they will probably never be published as the types were probably labelled as such before Muona realised that Arisocephalus was a synonym of Agalba, so these species probably already have names
> perhaps GBIF should ask its data providers to verify that the names have been published???
> Stephen
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