[Taxacom] validation of taxon names

Weakley, Alan weakley at bio.unc.edu
Sun Feb 19 21:48:02 CST 2012

IPNI makes no taxonomic judgment; it just records names (nomenclature).  It correctly records Chamaecyparis nootkatensis as a valid name, as well as Xanthocyparis nootkatensis, also a valid name, and Cupressus nootkatensis, another valid name (and the Basionym for the others).  It points out that there is a nomenclatural issue that apparently (I have made no investigation of my own) renders the combination Callitropsis nootkatensis invalid and unavailable.

Take your pick on the taxonomy.  And if someone wants to treat it in Callitropsis, it looks like some nomenclatural action will be needed.

Alan Weakley, Ph.D.
Director and Curator, University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU), North Carolina Botanical Garden
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mail:  Campus Box 3280, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
Email:  weakley at unc.edu
Phone:  919.619.1101

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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] validation of taxon names

Hi Stephen,
      And your efforts are appreciated.  If you have the means to do so,

it would be nice to correct the Wikipedia which still shows Xanthocyparis as a synonym of Callitropsis, and thus using the incorrect

name combination Callitropsis vietnamensis.  This seems particularly important because it is an endangered species.

      I would also hope that databases such as IPNI would stop using the

name combination Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, which is very unlikely to be correct.  A case can be made for including it in Xanthocyparis, Callitropsis (if it doesn't clade with vietnamensis), or even a broad Cupressus.  However, I can find nothing in the recent literature which supports placing it in Chamaecyparis.

Stephen Thorpe wrote:
I am working constantly to improve the data structure on Wikispecies, so

as to allow the user to see where the data is coming from and how it links together (and how it links with other databases), and where the problems are ... 


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