[Taxacom] Anyone tracking newly published names in Palaeobotany?

Karen Wilson Karen.Wilson at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Sun Jan 10 19:03:42 CST 2016

There's the fairly new project IFPNI, Tony, that aims to index all plant fossil names. To quote from their website http://fossilplants.info/ : 

'Global registry of scientific names of fossil organisms covered by the International Code of
Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi, and Plants (formerly International Code of Botanical
Nomenclature) and International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.

and maintain a comprehensive literature based record of the scientific names of all fossil plants,
algae, fungi, allied prokaryotic forms, protists (ambiregnal organisms) and microproblematica.

'IFPNI is a pioneering attempt to compile the names of ALL fossil forms whatsoever attributed to Plant
Kingdom and to accumulate comprehensive bibliographical record of taxonomic literature
containing descriptions and illustrations of fossil organisms.'

See also papers by Ian Turner about the problem of finding fossil names - refs to these are in articles by Stephen McLoughlin and me in the Australasian Systematic Botany Newsletter, nos 1623/3 and 164 respectively: both online at http://www.asbs.org.au/asbs/newsletter.html

Karen L. Wilson AM
Senior Research Scientist, National Herbarium of New South Wales

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New England, Armidale, NSW  
Secretary, General Committee, International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi & Plants    

Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands
T +61 (02) 9231 8137 | E karen.wilson at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

-----Original Message-----
From: Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Tony Rees
Sent: Sunday, 10 January 2016 3:49 PM
To: taxacom
Subject: [Taxacom] Anyone tracking newly published names in Palaeobotany?

Dear Taxacomers,

I was wondering whether anyone knows of efforts to compile recently published names in palaeobotany and palynology (including plant microfossils such as dinoflagellates, acritarchs, etc.) that I could use as a source to update my IRMNG master genera list for "all life" on a rolling basis? Extant plants and other groups under the ICBN/ICNafp are covered by IPNI, Index Fungorum, AlgaeBase and CyanoDB among others, but there seems to be a bit of gap regarding the fossil equivalents. (Index Nominum Genericorum is good for genus names of fossil taxa up to around 2010 or so, but does not seem to be being updated very much since then).

As an example, try looking for the new genus and species "Xuanweioxylon scalariforme" as published in the prominent journal Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology in 2013 and you will not find it indexed as a new name in any of the systems I have tried including those above and also the KU Bibliography of Paleobotany - or maybe I am not looking in the right places. What I am really looking for is an equivalent of IPNI (land plants) or ION (animal names) for fossil plants but maybe it does not exist at this time... so where are all the informatics folks when it comes to the palaeo plant world?

Any suggestions welcome,

Regards - Tony

Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
Taxacom Mailing List
Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
The Taxacom Archive back to 1992 may be searched at: http://taxacom.markmail.org

Celebrating 28 years of Taxacom in 2015.
This email is intended for the addressee(s) named and may contain confidential and/or privileged information. 
If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender and then delete it immediately.
Any views expressed in this email are those of the individual sender except where the sender expressly and with authority states them to be the views of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.


More information about the Taxacom mailing list