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

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Mon Jun 18 19:04:51 CDT 2012

Rod Page wrote, and I wonder if he regretted it after hitting the Send button:

"Just give me a name and stop mucking around with it."

This is the view from outside taxonomy of what taxonomists do. We're a service industry. We identify 'species categories' in the natural world which previously didn't have category labels. With that trivial job done, people doing more important work can use labels to identify the categories they looked at in their more important work.

Have I got that right, Rod? Does that explain the bullying, annoyed tone in your posts?
Dr Robert Mesibov
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania
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