[Taxacom] Generic type of large genus belongs in different genus

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Mon Apr 8 04:02:10 CDT 2013

From: "Roderic Page" <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk>
Sent: Monday, April 08, 2013 10:39 AM

> If names change depending on taxonomic context, then names 
> are not, in practice, divorced from taxonomy. They would be 
> if names were invariant across different taxonomies [...]

> I am not arguing that we replace names with other identifiers, 
> simply that once minted the name doesn't change (unless it is 
> a homonym and needs replacing). 

Obviously names do depend on taxonomy (and this has nothing
to do with nomenclature). Names cannot be invariant, as taxa
are not invariant. This works both ways:
* one and the same taxon may have different names, depending
on taxonomic placement.
* the same name refers to variously circumscribed taxa (and 
everything in between).
Only when you assume a God-created nature (with no religious
disagreement on what-is-what), is it possible to have invariancy.

Taxa are the result of a process of growth (evolution) and they
do not (naturally) fit into boxes (or into a Tree-of-Life). They have 
to be shoe-horned into it, and general agreement is unlikely (thus
no stability). To quote the famous saying: If you want stability of 
names, first make sure all taxonomists are safely buried.


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