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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 
one another.

Scientific names reflect the relationships between and among organisms. Once 
a phylogenetic error has been detected the name is changed to reflect the new 
hierarchy.

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.

    Jim Langhammer





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