Tag Archives: Systematics

Not Up, But Down


While I may wail on Linnaean Systematics and the issues with ranks, and the use and potential loss of the concept of the “genus” as an entity separate from that of the species, some authors out there are going at … Continue reading

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What Use A Perfect Specimen?


A holotype specimen is important in systematics when the taxonomist desires to use an ideal specimen upon which a new animal is created. It is the first, and best specimen, for future systematists to refer to when comparing other taxa. … Continue reading

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