[Taxacom] Does the species name have to change when it moves genus?

Doug Yanega 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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