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

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Thu Apr 11 02:45:24 CDT 2013

It looks to me that the important thing is that there are
well-established Codes of nomenclature that are accepted
world-wide. In a world that appears to be divided on just
about anything this surely is precious. 

Sure, they could be better written, and they could work 
better. But they are there, they do work, and there are not
even that many of them. Further fracturing is to be 
discouraged (I do not know how serious mycologists
were in threatening to start their own Code, but surely
it is a good thing not to have to deal with a separate
mycological Code), and starting entirely new Codes is
an entirely bad idea.

This insistence that there should be an exact 1:1 relationship
between names and taxa is just silly. Scientific names
require some care in handling (the map is not the territory),
but this is nothing new. If I go to buy a can of white wall
paint I am not assuming that the label (or the salesperson)
will tell me what exactly I am getting (there can be big 
differences between paints with almost identical labels);
this does not mean that labels are useless.


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