[Taxacom] Grass taxonomy (paraphylophobia strikes again??)
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Wed Aug 8 23:01:40 CDT 2012
On 8/8/2012 6:37 PM, Ken Kinman wrote:
> Hi Curtis and Mary, I don't know all the details of this debate, but I get the distinct feeling that this debate is largely fueled by a desire to avoid a paraphyletic genus Festuca. In this case, one seems to get some advocating lumping to get a larger holophyletic Festuca, while others advocate splitting to get a smaller holophyletic Festuca. If this is indeed the problem in this particular case, is it worth all the instability and conflicting name changes?
I'll defer to Mary, since she's the expert, but it is my impression that
Festuca has always been unstable. Vulpia was first embraced as a
segregate by people unconcerned by monophyly or paraphyly, and I first
heard of genetic information suggesting Lolium was a Festuca back in the
1970s or 80s.
Closer to my expertise, a similar situation exists with Helianthus and
its segregates; last I noticed, synantherologists were taking the
splitting route rather than lumping.
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