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

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Tue Jun 19 03:57:50 CDT 2012

Rod Page wrote:

"Ironically, if you read the tea leaves the way I do, we are moving to a biodiversity science without names, where specimens will be the unit of choice, and taxa will be computational inferences, not vague assertions supported by a citation at best. But that's another story..."

Working taxonomists on this list please note: no point in spluttering and looking aghast at the phrase 'vague assertions', or picturing a lab where you acquire and feed lots of data into an inference machine that gives you the same answer you eyeballed in a fraction of the time, but without a name. The man has admitted he not only has a tea habit, but is also into divination. A lost cause.
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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