Taxonomy (and the purpose of Species names)

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Subject: Taxonomy (and the purpose of Species names)
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 14:27:48 +1000
The short answer to both Graham and Syd is, "Yes."

Our little boxes are all for our own convienience. Whether that is for the form of stmp collecting known as twitching, the conservantion of a taxon or its consumption.

Three biological species of mollusc may have the one name if they are collected, cooked and eaten in the same manner. Two forms of the one biological species of fig may have two names if one is not only edible but delicious while the other is barely edible.

More names are 'better' if you are a stamp collecter. Fewer is ' better' if you are reluctantly charged with their conservation.

Taxonomy is a procrustean bed and new tools only add to the bits being metaphorically chopped off, stretched or ignored. But to continue the poetical theme:-



Wot's in a name? -- she sez . . . An' then she sighs,
An' clasps 'er little 'ands, an' rolls 'er eyes.
"A rose," she sez, "be any other name
Would smell the same.
Oh, w'erefore art you Romeo, young sir?
Chuck yer ole pot, an' change yer moniker!"

'Wot's in a name?" she sez. 'Struth, I dunno.
Billo is just as good as Romeo.
She may be Juli-er or Juli-et -- 'E loves 'er yet.
If she's the tart 'e wants, then she's 'is queen,
Names never count . . . But ar, I like "Doreen!"
Regards, Alan

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