[Taxacom] Does the species name have to change when it moves genus?
deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Tue Jun 19 18:23:38 CDT 2012
> Yes, I suppose there is indeed a brand of taxonomists that believe that
> taxon can have only one True, Self-Evident circumscription ...
I don't think that's the source of the problem. I think most taxonomists
who fail to be explicit about what concept they mean when citing a name do
so not because they believe what you assert above, but because it's not
common practice (aka "norm").
> Still, the practice is widespread; it is just not very prominent or
> a line or two in the introductory part of a book is sufficient.
Right. It's also not consistent, which makes it hard to mine.
But I think most of that is relatively moot if we're focused on going
forward. I think the focus going forward should be, as I expressed to Rod,
an emphasis on leveraging the power of electronic information dissemination.
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