[Taxacom] Does the species name have to change when it moves genus?
dyanega at ucr.edu
Mon Jun 18 17:23:58 CDT 2012
>It's more than changing endings, it's changing the genus in the
>first place that I object to. It's all very well naming things, but
>to change the names subsequently seems unjustified.
That depends on whether it's arbitrary or uninformative. I know cases
of bees described in the genus Vespa, and wasps described in the
genus Apis - surely, it's highly worthwhile to have the present-day
name reflect more accurate placements! Conversely, we presently have
occasional trash taxonomists who arbitrarily place every species into
its own genus solely to boost their own egos - not merely
unjustified, but egregiously unscientific. Change in the former case
is good, while the latter is bad. You can't generalize. However, this
much CAN be said: if your objection is to the latter scenario, where
self-publishing hacks are flooding the literature with new generic
names that are garbage, then there are countermeasures the taxonomic
community can take BESIDES fixing names as invariant.
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
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