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

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Tue Jun 19 03:35:52 CDT 2012

It's the "norm" that would be new.....

And no, it wasn't databases that have "discontinued" the practice; it's the
taxonomists (and other biologists) who have in their publications.  The push
to re-establish this practice is largely coming from the "databases".


> -----Original Message-----
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-
> bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Paul van Rijckevorsel
> Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 10:16 PM
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Does the species name have to change when itmoves
> genus?
> From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:57 AM
> [...]
> > If you want to propose a new "norm" in how taxonomists (and other
> > biologists) cite scientific names, don't piddle around with the genus
> > combination issue.  Just get people to add a "sensu [Author+year]" to
> > their first-use of scientific names, so we can more readily nail down
> > the usage of the name to a (one would hope!) well-defined taxon
> > concept.
> ***
> Yes, that would be most useful (almost essential for many applications)
but it
> is nothing "new": this has been done for a very long time, and fairly
> Somehow, databases have discontinued this practice?
> Paul
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