[Taxacom] Paper on taxonomic standards in herpetology

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Tue May 14 16:35:40 CDT 2013

Perhaps, be we also need a unified system of taxonomy and nomenclature, i.e. not one which subgroups (like herpetologists) want to tailor to their own best interests, because everyone's best interests are not the same, and you can't please all the people all of the time. We really don't want factionalism in taxonomy/nomenclature, and we particularly don't want factions deciding what is or isn't "scientific" (or rather, they can do so, but they can't ram it down other people's throats outside the faction)...

From: Wolfgang Wuster <w.wuster at bangor.ac.uk>
To: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> 
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Paper on taxonomic standards in herpetology

On 14/05/2013 21:32, Stephen Thorpe wrote:

Of course we must not confuse taxonomy with nomenclature here! Anyone's taxonomy can be ignored if it is insufficiently backed up with scientific evidence. Nobody's nomenclature can be ignored if it is validly published. A publication is "scientic literature", or not, depending on its content. If it tackles taxonomy, then it is by definition INSIDE the scientific literature. 
Those are indeed the stipulations of the Code. However, as you will see from the last paragraphs of the paper, there is an increasing body of opinion in herpetological systematics that is no longer willing to see the entire future of herpetological nomenclature handed over to a very small group of people who create names on an industrial scale in the hope that a small percentage will then be validated by real evidence and have to be used. 

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