tparker at lacsd.org
Thu Sep 30 18:30:25 EST 1999
Geoff Read wrote:
> When will someone come up with the definitive name for Capitella type I, or
> otherwise sort the whole naming mess out? Please tell me it is in progress.
> Further, a common phraseology used is "The cosmopolitan polychaete
> Capitella capitata, known as a complex of sibling species"
In Southern California this name useage has bounced around for a number
of years. When creating the third edition of the SCAMIT Taxonomic
Listing, local workers adopted a convention for taxa "recognized as having
a high degree of poorly defined variability and may belong to an
incompletely discriminated group or species".
This may not be perfect but it results our having a reference and standard
of name useage for such taxa. We append the term Cmplx (for the term
"complex") at the the end of the species name - not part of the species
Here workers use the listing: Capitella capitata Cmplx. Our synonomy list
includes this listing with the notation "of authors North East Pacific, not
Would be glad to hear any comments on such a convention.
bye for now,
<tparker at lacsd.org>
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