Clements names

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Clements names
From: (Andrew Taylor)
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 20:10:49 +1100
On Sun, Jan 06, 2008 at 04:56:34PM +1100, Carl Clifford wrote:
> Seeing as the official language in Belize is English* and is a British colony,
> I can not imagine why they would  object to 
> English language common names. They may object to them being
> imposed by the Americans though.

Indeed English is spoken in Belize which was the point of my attempt at
humour (but it became independent from Britain in 1981).  Its possible
they there is anti-SACC feeling in Belize but I rather doubt they resent
Van Remsen and other US members of SACC choosing English common names
(or the Brazilian, Argentinian, Columbian & Chilean members of SACC).

Incidentally I heard Van Remsen give an impressive & sweeping talk
on hummingbird taxonomy last year - easy to see how he got the job
chairing SACC.


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