[Taxacom] Use of geographic range data as diagnostic characters

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon Feb 18 13:48:33 CST 2013


Yeah, but I did say who *in their right mind* ...


From: Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
To: TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU 
Sent: Tuesday, 19 February 2013 7:17 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Use of geographic range data as diagnostic characters

>At the very least it is ambiguous, with a bit of "nonsense" required 
>for both interpretations, since who in their right mind would define 
>a species based on geography *alone*?

Surely you've heard of Wells and Wellington? There are a good many 
changes we'll need to make to the Code purely in order to close all 
the loopholes they've exploited, to prevent others from following in 
their footsteps.
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