[Taxacom] "Taxon Filter" (was Re: Electronic publication)

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Fri Jan 13 11:25:36 CST 2017

> Is the
> proposed system to deal with nomenclatural acts alone or is it intended to
> comment on the quality of  taxonomy? 

In my view, any review process would be strictly regarding nomenclatural aspects (not taxonomy).  Perhaps I wasn't clear on that, but this may represent another difference between my vision and Doug's. I agree completely with what Adam wrote (below).


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From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
To: "'Neal Evenhuis'" <neale at bishopmuseum.org>; "'Doug Yanega'" 
<dyanega at ucr.edu>; <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2017 2:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] "Taxon Filter" (was Re: Electronic publication)
> The way I imagine it working for such cases is that there would be a 
> defined time-period of, say, one month where people could comment on 
> each registration record.  If that period expires without a minimum 
> number of comments (>1, but not sure how much more than one), then 
> then name is automatically accepted (i.e., newly proposed names are 
> available until proven unavailable, which is how the system has always 
> been).  I don't think the problem will be with the names that nobody 
> reviews.  I think the problem will be the ones that have MANY reviews, with no clear consensus.
> This will be PARTICULARLY problematic if too much "taxonomy" is 
> entangled with the nomenclatural process (e.g., I foresee endless splitter vs.
> lumper debates).

This is precisely why, in my opinion, it is VERY important that whatever system is adopted to supercede the current traditional one it must only concern itself with NOMENCLATURE. Any taxonomic considerations, such as those "splitter vs. lumper" issues, should be completely excluded from the whole process.

If there is a time period for comments on any submissions for registration those comments should be restricted to nomenclatural issues only, and any comments of a taxonomic nature should be discarded.

Currently anyone can name what is in their opinion a new taxon, and whether or not the taxon is regarded as valid or not is in the realm of taxonomy, not nomenclature. Any new system must continue to separate these two issues, particularly since with new techniques it is often found that what was previously considered a junior synonym is actually a valid separate taxon. 
It would be incorrect for a nomenclatural registration to be rejected because the reviewers disgree on taxonomic grounds.


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