naming of species?
mlyman at netdoor.com
Thu Oct 11 13:21:19 EST 2001
Whew! I have much respect for taxonomists and the labor they endure!
Monique Reed wrote in message <3BC5C16D.75112141 at mail.bio.tamu.edu>...
>Yes, and the burden is on whoever is doing the naming and describing
>to throroughly check the existing literature on the group to make sure
>the organism hasn't been known before under some other name. With
>plants, this usually means collaborating with whomever is/are the
>expert(s) with the family or genus. It also usually entails long
>hours of looking through herbaria to see if the organism has been
>collected before and if so, under what name.
>In my case (new plant from a well-collected temperate zone), the
>1. Wonder if I had something new
>2. Read a lot of literature
>3. Contact an expert or two or three and set up a collaboration
>4. Look at herbarium sheets to see if anyone else had ever found it
>(they had, but the specimens were all misidentified)
>5. Collaborator checks karyotype, seed anatomy, and uniform garden
>6. Do field surveys to determine range and take many, many
>measuremnts from many, many individuals to fix the characters of the
>7. Take the plunge and be ready to assert that we had a new species.
>8. Decide on a name and check numerous books and databases to make
>sure the name hasn't been used in the genus before. Our plant was
>definitely a member of an existing genus, so all we had to choose was
>the specific epithet
>9. Find someone to write a Latin diagnosis
>10-12. Write, rewrite, submit, edit
>From the first inkling in the fall of 1990 to the publication in 1993,
>this process involved two countries, thousands of plants, three field
>seasons, lots of phone calls, a ton of mail, and a good deal of "What
>if we publish and everyone laughs?" No one did.
>In the case of a new species from the tropics, where the discoverer
>*is* the expert in the group and already has a thorough knowlege of
>existing literature and herbarium holdings, the above would be
>> I'm not a taxonomist, but I think you publish the information in a
>> journal making sure you follow the guidelines set forth by the Botanical
>> Code of Nomenclature.
>> Richard Brooks wrote in message <9q3mum$ihq$1 at newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk>...
>> >How does this process happen and where does one go to, to find out if
>> >plant variant exists and can be given a name?
>> >Many thanks,
>> >Richard Brooks.
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