[Taxacom] Taxonomy Anarchy

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Fri Jun 2 01:18:43 CDT 2017

It is interesting that Nature publishes an article that a legal council is needed to solve a scientific issue, and at the same time in an editorial calls that " researchers everywhere need to ensure that their voices are heard" http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/546007a .

It is also remarkable, that the scientists call for a new structure - not a cheap one with plenty of lawyers involved, nota bene - whilst we struggle to maintain even a bare, incomplete infrastructure to handle nomenclatural acts, and in fact are not, since 1992, the begin of CBD and the taxonomic impediment, able to create a list of the known species of the world, nor a service that automatically links all taxonomic treatments and thus makes them immediately accessible to the world (but see Pensoft publications or Plazi (http://tb.plazi.org/GgServer/static/newToday.html) as examples to do otherwise) - something the conservation community has been asking for a long time, but didn't make any efforts to get it done neither, and with that support the taxonomic community, which is obviously unable to do it by themselves.


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Yes and  there have also been numerous attempts to explain taxonomy and its importance - e.g. other papers in that issue of the Philos. Transactions Royal Society ser. B back in 2004: see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Frstb.royalsocietypublishing.org%2Fcontent%2F359%2F1444&data=01%7C01%7Cagosti%40amnh.org%7C5aca05b3b2ee44ff2bbd08d4a978999b%7Cbe0003e8c6b9496883aeb34586974b76%7C0&sdata=y1jXVy0uinFilfaf9THjRJpqzdnuQGarxcfiLn9UPRo%3D&reserved=0
Perhaps most of those attempts have been preaching to the converted and not reaching the right general audience? 
In any case, this present opinion piece certainly needs a well-reasoned response. 

Karen Wilson

Karen L. Wilson AM
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    

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As  a matter of sad fact, this paper is not the first and the only attepmt to regulate taxomits' activity  from a pragnamtic standpoint. There is a lot of such instances. Just read this paper on "unitary taxonomy" (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov%2Fpubmed%2F15253355&data=01%7C01%7Cagosti%40amnh.org%7C5aca05b3b2ee44ff2bbd08d4a978999b%7Cbe0003e8c6b9496883aeb34586974b76%7C0&sdata=zgJYaQ5LNBPavJdGXkrNgKuZw4qXSjVjRjaf0B789Cg%3D&reserved=0) to see such a position is not uncommon.

Practitions use to wish there taxonomic "backbone" is stable and thus allows to plane and do their buiseness effectively, While those "anarchic" taxonomists devoted to their "anarchic" science disturbe their long-run business stategy.

It is strange that the Nature published this article. It would much more strange if it would reject a panel discussion to give researchers a possibility to declare there position, actually a scientific one not an "applied".


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Igor Ya. Pavlinov, DrS
Zoological Museum of Lomonosov Moscow State University ul. Bol'shaya Nikitskaya 6
125009 Moscow

>Четверг,  1 июня 2017, 17:57 +03:00 от Richard Zander <Richard.Zander at mobot.org>:
>Another thing for taxonomists to worry about:
>"Taxonomy anarchy" and its supposed solution. Journal Nature.
>Richard H. Zander
>Missouri Botanical Garden - 4344 Shaw Blvd. - St. Louis - Missouri -
>63110 - USA
>richard.zander at mobot.org<mailto: richard.zander at mobot.org > Web sites:  
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