[Taxacom] validation of taxon names

David Campbell pleuronaia at gmail.com
Mon Feb 20 13:42:16 CST 2012

Although getting a uniformly agreed-upon name for everything is
unrealistic, it is possible to get general taxonomic agreement that
many names that appear widely online are wrong.  Having a way to tag
wastebasket or other wildly overused names would catch a lot of
problems, especially if it were coupled with some tips on what are
credible.  E.g., Pleurotomaria is an upper Mesozoic gastropod, and
older usage of the name from early Paleozoic to Recent is no longer
accepted.  Similarly, some obvious errors in the data could be caught
by a bit of internal checking.  E.g., mapping the distribution with
one outlier on the opposite side of the globe strongly suggests that a
lat/long was entered incorrectly (especially when a Caribbean marine
form is shown in the Himalayas).

Dr. David Campbell
Collections Assistant
The Paleontological Research Institution
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca NY 14850

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