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

Curtis Clark lists at curtisclark.org
Thu Sep 5 14:55:25 CDT 2013

On 2013-09-05 11:30 AM, Fred Schueler wrote:
> * I don't see how a proposed name (except objective synonyms) can be
> regarded as anything other than an hypothesis - "the individuals
> delimited by this description, and including this type, are distinct
> species according to the species concept currently endorsed by the
> describer." The hypothesis is falsified if new patterns of variation are
> discovered which either split or lump the proposed entity, and the
> hypothesis is made more or less irrelevant by a changed species concept,
> though the name hangs on as a nomenclatoral attachment to the type specimen.

It seems to me that the name is the name of the hypothesis, not the 
hypothesis itself.

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