[Taxacom] Binomial Nomenclature - was: "cataloguing hypotheses & not real things"

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sun Sep 1 15:32:19 CDT 2013

Binomial nomenclature could be interpreted in a uninomial way, i.e., the genus is just part of the name and carries no "baggage" (i.e. hypothesis or extra information)

From: Fred Schueler <bckcdb at istar.ca>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu 
Sent: Monday, 2 September 2013 1:26 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Binomial Nomenclature - was: "cataloguing hypotheses & not real things"

On 9/1/2013 8:18 AM, Fred Schueler wrote:
> On 9/1/2013 5:58 AM, Dan Lahr wrote:
>> One of the things that I often wonder is why nobody ever suggested a more
>> logical, parsimonious and I suspect bioinformatics friendlier (not my area,
>> can someone confirm?) transition to uninomial nomenclature.
> nobody? - Rising, James D., and Frederick W.  Schueler.  1972.  How
> stable is binominal nomenclature?  Systematic Zoology 21:438-439 - it's
> been suggested many times, it's just that adoption would require large
> numbers of taxonomists to agree on something, which runs counter to the
> spirit of the Codes.

* and just as a final comment for today, the big problem with uninominal 
nomenclature is that the only plausible starting point for it is a 
hypenation or something of the existing binominal names (Rising & 
Schueler, 1972), which would fix forever the existing generic 
arrangements in the minds of the taxonomically naive users, who are 
supposed to be the main beneficiary of uninominal names...

          Frederick W. Schueler & Aleta Karstad
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