Scientific names

To: Steve Sheers <>
Subject: Scientific names
From: Helen Larson <>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 23:11:40 +1000
No, us taxonomists try to work out the right names, which often exist among 
plenty of confusion. Science allows for scepticism; people can disagree with 
your classification. Pick a classification you like and stick with it.
Be kind to taxonomists, an endangered species.

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> On 3 Mar 2014, at 6:18 pm, Steve Sheers <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm having some trouble sorting out the names of some birds and have become 
> quiet confused.
> Take for example Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, its called Chalcites basalis on 
> the Birdlife Australia web site, BWL-Birdlife working list, Australian 
> Government-Department of the Environment  list.
> While it's Chrysococcyx basalis on Graeme Chapman, Wikipedia, BOC IOC 
> checklist 2.
> There seems to be different scientific names, is there a definitive list, or 
> even a preferred list ? 
> I thought the idea of scientific names was to remove all this confusion.
> Regards
> Steve Sheers
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