[Taxacom] Paper on taxonomic standards in herpetology

David Campbell pleuronaia at gmail.com
Thu May 16 17:02:09 CDT 2013

> In addition to the herpetological and entomological examples already
mentioned, the malacological community has some individuals of the "name
everything I get ahold of and publish it myself" persuasion.  The excesses
of the Nouvelle Ecole in the latter half of the 19th to early 20th century
(Bourguignat and colleagues, sometimes their work was actually
ghost-written by Bourguignat) remain a problem in terms of acceptance,
though at least the localities and descriptions are generally sufficient to
identify them.  Whether or not to accept a number of Rafinesque's mollusk
names also remains contentious; the brevity of the descriptions, limited
and somewhat doubtful type material (from his collection but not more
definite), poor or absent figures, etc. make them more challenging to
identify, but additionally Isaac Lea tried to bury all non-Lea names for
freshwater mollusks, and his influence remains strong.  For that matter,
Lea named about everything he could...
Currently active examples also exist.  Not only do these works create
confusion, they tend to provoke reactionary lumping that also obscures the
actual systematics.

Dr. David Campbell
Assistant Professor, Geology
Department of Natural Sciences
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs NC 28017

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