[Taxacom] Paper on taxonomic standards in herpetology

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed May 22 02:29:56 CDT 2013


[quote]taxonomic decisions in herpetology and their nomenclatural consequences are acceptable only when supported by a body of evidence published within the peer-review process[unquote]
 
I agree that taxonomic decisions in herpetology are acceptable only when supported by a body of published evidence. I'm not sure that peer review prior to publication adds anything? But more seriously, it is the "nomenclatural consequences" bit which is highly debatable! If new names are published in accordance with the Code, then they cannot be claimed to be "unacceptable", except that they may be treated as synonyms (i.e. invalid). This much is already an option. It is however evident that you, Wolfgang, are pushing for such names to be considered unavailable, and THAT is the contentious bit ...
 
Stephen

From: Wolfgang Wuster <w.wuster at bangor.ac.uk>
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The Australian Society of Herpetologists AGM minutes containing the 
motion passed, together with a list of those present and the outcome of 
the vote, are available here :
http://www.australiansocietyofherpetologists.org/docs/ash-minutes-37th-AGM-Feb-2013.docx


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