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Monday, October 12, 2009

Re: BRYONET: local endemics

BRYONET

Brent,

Just responding to your last couple of sentences, and ignoring many
other issues, how do you think that two systems can exist side by
side for the majority of species (as we now call them) when there is
no molecular information on which to base a cladistic nomenclature?
Do you really think we will have useful molecular phylogenies for
most organisms on the planet in "maybe not so long"? If not, then
your students, so refreshingly unencumbered, will embarrassingly have
to use baggage-based names rather often after all. But wait, perhaps
they can merely reverse the order of specific epithet and current
genus names, putting the latter in parentheses to give a nice modern
look and at least an appearance of cladistics?

Best wishes,
John.

jcgame@stanford.edu
510 527 7855

Research Associate,
University and Jepson Herbaria,
University of California,
Berekeley, CA.
jcgame@stanford.edu
510 527 7855

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