[Taxacom] Generic type of large genus belongs in different genus
jim.croft at gmail.com
Mon Apr 8 03:07:55 CDT 2013
Paul - I think you will find Rod has already had the operation... ;)
On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM, Paul van Rijckevorsel
<dipteryx at freeler.nl> wrote:
> Nomenclature and taxonomy are separate, and scientific
> names are the result of applying nomenclature to a
> taxonomically defined situation.
> But anybody who does not want to use scientific names
> can create his own reality and use his own (alphanumerical)
> identifiers, or use something like LSID's. And who knows,
> this approach may win out eventually, when everybody's
> brain has been augmented / replaced by computers.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Roderic Page" <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk>
> To: "TAXACOM" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Sent: Monday, April 08, 2013 9:39 AM
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Generic type of large genus belongs in different
>> It seems to me that this discussion makes a mockery of notion that
>> nomenclature is separate from taxonomy. Once you have bionomial names, and
>> insist on those names being "meaningful" (i.e., the genus name tells you
>> something about relationships) then you have a recipe for instability.
>> The ICZN decision regarding Drosophila melanogaster was the right one in
>> my opinion, but for the wrong reasons. Why does it matter if Drosophila
>> melanogaster sits in a phylogeny next to some Sophophora species? What
>> matters is its relationships, not what we call it.
>> Names are a poor way to convey relationships, why burden them with this
>> role? If you have no other way of conveying relationships then perhaps the
>> trade off between stability and meaning seems worthwhile. But we do have
>> powerful ways of visualising relationships, so it seems perverse to
>> continue to change names (thus annoying people who use them) in the hope
>> that names remain "meaningful". We don't expect the name of an organism to
>> be meaningful ("maximus" might not be the biggest species, "africanus"
>> might come from Australia), can we not let this last scrap of meaning go
>> and save us (and the wider community) some grief?
>> Roderic Page
>> Professor of Taxonomy
>> Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
>> College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
>> Graham Kerr Building
>> University of Glasgow
>> Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
>> Email: r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
>> Tel: +44 141 330 4778
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>> Home page: http://taxonomy.zoology.gla.ac.uk/rod/rod.html
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