[Taxacom] Use of geographic range data as diagnostic characters

Timothy Jones tjone54 at tigers.lsu.edu
Sun Feb 17 15:24:15 CST 2013


Political and geographic location, are properties of taxa.  When attempting
to identify a taxon; do you look for a book/pub concerning distribution
ranges from half-way around the world, or from your locality?

Best,
Tim


On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM, Thomas Pape <TPape at snm.ku.dk> wrote:

> 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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