A cautionary taxonomic tale

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: A cautionary taxonomic tale
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 11:21:36 +1000
Taxonomy is not just a process for lumping and splitting the species on twitchers' lists - See: Nicholas K. Dulvy & John D. Reynolds, Biodiversity: Skates on thin ice, Nature 462, 417 (26 November 2009) | doi:10.1038/462417a; Published online 25 November 2009

The common skate is not at all common: this large marine fish has 'critically endangered' status. That it turns out to be not one species, but two, is a sharp reminder that good taxonomy must underpin conservation.


To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message: unsubscribe (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • A cautionary taxonomic tale, L&L Knight <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU