[Taxacom] "All genera of the world": initial papers now published

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Fri Jun 11 23:38:40 CDT 2021


I agree with the point about the dynamic situation for names, but it does
not preclude the value of publication in a 'fixed' format. I am in the
concluding stages of a catalog of ghost moths which is to be published. It
will, of course, be out of date even before it is published. However there
will be an electronic copy that will circulate to colleagues and I or
others will keep that updated. I and my co-authors were invited to prepare
a catalogue and that was certainly an impetus to generate such a product.
But it was not about "publication metrics" or "ideas about citation" as I
couldn't care less about either and they have nothing to do with my work.
My view is that an article provides a nice stepping stone for the knowledge
at a particular time and best to have an electronic version that can be
constantly updated. We did this already for a neotropical catalogue first
published in 2012. Of course others may consider this approach spurious,
but I am happy with it.

John Grehan

On Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 12:02 AM Stephen Thorpe via Taxacom <
taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:

>  IMHO, it is a sad reflection on "the system" that we are publishing
> something like this in fixed format. The recognised genera of life are a
> dynamic system, changing every day. We have the technology to create a
> database which could index and track all genera in real time (or near
> enough). Why do we need fixed format? Only for spurious reasons connected
> with publication metrics and ideas about citation which haven't changed
> with the times. Sigh!Stephen
>     On Friday, 11 June 2021, 08:30:46 pm NZST, Tony Rees via Taxacom <
> taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:
>
>  Last year (Jan 2020), Prof. Zhi-Qiang Zhang (New Zealand) signalled his
> intention to initiate a new series of papers under the banner of "All
> genera of the world", in the journal Megataxa, to which I and my colleagues
> at the VLIZ Data Centre contributed an overview/scoping paper (Rees, T.,
> Vandepitte, L., Vanhoorne, B. & Decock, W. (2020) All genera of the world:
> an overview and estimates based on the March 2020 release of the Interim
> Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG). Megataxa, 1 (2), 123–142.
> https://doi.org/10.11646/megataxa.1.2.3). Taxacom readers will I am sure
> be
> familiar with Prof. Zhang's previous editorship of similar contributions in
> the area of animal diversity down to family, " Animal biodiversity: an
> outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness",
> published in "Zootaxa" in 2011 and 2011.
>
> This is just a note to say that the first 2 papers in the  "All genera of
> the world" series are now published, on  the insect order Thysanoptera,
> with 1,270 available genus-group names, including 850 valid generic names,
> 65 of these fossils (Mound & Hastenpflug-Vesmanis 2021); the other a
> related fossil order Lophioneurida with 22 generic names, including 18
> valid generic names (Ulitzka 2021); for details see
> https://www.mapress.com/j/mt/article/view/megataxa.6.1.1/44224. Prof.
> Zhang
> reckons that to complete a surevey of presently known biodiversity to genus
> level, for both extant and fossil taxa, will "only" take some 28,500
> journal pages. Some down, just a few more to go!
>
> It remains to be seen how this series of printed papers will mesh with work
> presently residing in expert data systems (as well as published summaries
> elsewhere), but we shall no doubt discover over time. One point is that the
> authors of the Thysanoptera contribution were able to draw either
> extensively or entirely on information previously assembled in ThripsWiki
> (2021 version), so some pointers to possible workflows would be obvious
> from this.
>
> Regards to all - Tony
>
> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
> https://about.me/TonyRees
> www.irmng.org
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