Re: why scientists don't just give up the names battle
- Subject: Re: why scientists don't just give up the names battle
- From: Lewandjim@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 19:03:17 -0500 (CDT)
This is descending into a discussion between people who are simply not
talking the "same language". Taxonomists arnd hobbyists are not at odds with
Scientific names reflect the relationships between and among organisms. Once
a phylogenetic error has been detected the name is changed to reflect the new
By contrast, common names are an effort to assign a permanent literary
reference to a common plant in cultivation. Barring the difficulties of
alphabets, linguistics and regional dialects, even the common names are
scarcely permanent in usage.
They cannot be equated nor used to achieve the same end.