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

Robin Leech releech at telus.net
Thu Sep 5 13:28:49 CDT 2013

The name is the only real thing.  The name that you have used, if you are
lucky applies to only one real, interbreeding organisms.  If you are not so
lucky, it may actually apply to 2 or more cryptospecies.  These
cryptospecies would thus all be under one name.  I always think back to
Alexander and the crickets - slightly different location (south to north)
and different chirps.  
This is where, at future times, someone writes, "in part".

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

On 2013-09-05 5:57 AM, Ashley Nicholas wrote:
> By all means have rules to govern names but do not abuse these to govern
what hypotheses should be accepted and which should not.

That's why nomenclature and taxonomy are separate endeavors. Saying that a
species is a hypothesis is a very different assertion from saying that its
name is a hypothesis. We can all hope that people unclear on the distinction
will not be put in charge of devising the rules of nomenclature.

Curtis Clark        http://www.csupomona.edu/~jcclark
Biological Sciences                   +1 909 869 4140
Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona CA 91768

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