[Taxacom] validation of taxon names

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sun Feb 19 21:50:50 CST 2012

as it is a plant, and I don't have the relevant primary literature references at hand, I will not at present do anything with it either on Wikipedia or Wikispecies ...

From: Kenneth Kinman <kennethkinman at webtv.net>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu 
Sent: Monday, 20 February 2012 4:28 PM
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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