[Taxacom] Use of geographic range data as diagnostic characters

Thomas Pape TPape at snm.ku.dk
Sun Feb 17 13:03:24 CST 2013


The ICodeZN does not deal with geographical range data as these are not
properties of taxa.

/Thomas Pape - Natural History Museum of Denmark

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Subject: [Taxacom] Use of geographic range data as diagnostic characters

Zoologists,

Does anyone know of a publication that addresses the issue of using
geographic range data in a species diagnosis? And /or in an
identification key?


Does the ICZN forbid or recommend against this?


I expect someone has discussed the issue of range data being somewhat
like phenotype (inherited from one's parents - both a habitat preference
and a geographic location).

We all know species turn out well outside their known ranges all the
time so it's not a very reliable data source but I'm looking for a good
published treatment of the issues...

Thanks!

Derek Sikes

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