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

Richard Pyle 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
explicit, often
> 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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