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Biological inventories and the PhyloCode

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This paper assesses how the debate between the PhyloCode and Linnaean nomenclature and ranked classifications relates to biological inventory and monographic activities. I propose that there is a considerable gap between the overall inventory of biological resources and the better phylogenetic knowledge of certain groups. Since ranks and binomials are a useful societal convention, and alternative ways exist of dealing with improved phylogenetic knowledge without abandoning the Linnaean hierarchy, it could be counterproductive to the field as a whole to embark upon an alternative nomenclature system such as the PhyloCode at this time.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin, 132 Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA

Publication date: 2002-02-01

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