Keep protista

James Mahaffy mahaffy at
Fri Mar 25 13:11:16 EST 1994

In a earlier post Mark Siddall writes (
> Message-ID: <Cn7I2u.Mps at>
> Any taxonomic term applied to unicellular eukaryotes is simply arbitrary
> and there is no biological/phylogenetic rationale for choosing among
> terms in the face of absence of monophyly.

If there is no strong need to change the name please stick with the
names that have been used a lot.  I am not a protista specialist, but I
spend a lot of time teaching Zoology.  Whatever their phylogeny we still
need names to associate with the whole 
group, when introducing biology
students to the invertebrates.  There is too much tendency for splitting
and new names as it is and that DOES NOT HELP COMMUNICATION with the

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