Species coding

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Thu Jul 6 00:13:04 EST 2000


I didn't comment on the dear old NODC code earlier. I'd be interested to 
know why people think it's still useful, but my opinion is that it's an 
approach that's going nowhere and is not needed in these days of 
unlimited computer storage space. If you want a rock-solid label in a 
database for something then use the binominal of the  original author. 
'Laubierpholoe riseri Pettibone' will be the same thing regardless of how it 
is (imminently I believe) disposed of in revisions (hope this does not start 
off a 'rubbish the type-concept' debate :^)),  and you will not find it in 
NODC (very N. American oriented).   

I did use the NODC CD-Rom for getting a reasonable computer list of 
annelid genera. Anyone wanting to do the same can now work online 
through ITIS.    

http://www.itis.usda.gov/plantproj/itis/download_data.html

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  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>


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