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Re: muddying the waters?? (!!)
I'll be the first to admit that the taxonomic waters are pretty muddy already
these days, but I still don't think you're helping any.
OK, most workers would probably look at "Mammalea" and simply think you were a
poor speller. However, I think most workers today would look at a construction
like "Rodentiformes", recognize that it means "things that look like rodents",
and assume that you intended to name a new taxon: one including Rodentia and
one or more other organisms. The worker then simply gets annoyed when he or
she finds out that by "Rodentiformes", you really just meant "Rodentia".
I would submit that adding "-formes", at least, does not qualify as an
emendation, because you are actually adding a morpheme (unit of meaning).
And yes, some standardization schemes have worked, but it is important to note
that in those cases, the standardized names were wholly new, and thus carried
no preconceived notions of what taxa they described.
When plant workers created a standardized name for the Leguminosae (bean
family), they didn't cobble together something like "Leguminosaceae"; they
picked a representative genus (_Faba_) and created a new family name, analogous
to other plant families: Fabaceae.
The standardized bird and fish ordinal names were formed similarly, though I
must confess I am unaware of what names were used previously for these groups.
So if you want to standardize mammalian and "reptilian" orders, I would
recommend doing the same: Muriformes, Elephantiformes, Apatosauriformes, etc.
While it is fairly obvious in a general way what a "muriform" is (something
"shaped like a mouse"), there is no strict pre-existing definition for
Muriformes, and I would think this would make people more likely to accept the
Standardization is a noble goal, as are clarity and preservation of established
nomenclature; but if you ask me, names like "Thecodontiformes" and
"Saurischiformes" fail on all three counts.