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My goal was consistency of endings only, but conserving the root of
widely used names (whether descriptive or typified).
As I said in my book, "The author at one time rejected standardization,
because he saw it being coupled with typification (basing names on a type
genus). This changes not only the ending, but for many well-known groups it
changes the familiar stem or root of the name. Computers can search
databases for names no matter what the ending (utilizing truncation), but
radical name changes based on typification would often yield names
unfamiliar and unacceptable to most workers." Many orders have typified
names, but mandating typification would be harmful."
By the way, all orders of invertebrate phyla were given the -ida suffix
which is advocated by the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. They
failed to do this for insects, however, and seeing typified insect orders
cropping up elsewhere, I erected non-typified names for many insect orders.
Lepidopterida is non-typified and preferable to a radical name change to
Papioniformes, and so on.
Most botanical ordinal names have been standardized for a long time
(-ales) and bacteriologists adopted the same suffix. So that was no big
Subject: Re: replying to pomposity
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 20:52:01 EDT
In a message dated 6/20/00 9:13:09 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> As for Archosauriformes, it has in my opinion improperly been given
> suffix usually reserved for chordate orders.
Ah, but there is a subtle difference here. Bird and fish ordinal names are
formed by adding "-iformes" to a *genus* name [Salmoniformes = "things that
are shaped like _Salmo_"; Falconiformes = "things that are shaped like
Archosauriformes, Maniraptoriformes, etc., are formed from names of
Thus, if it is consistency you are striving for, you want
or Apatosauriformes or some such, rather than "Saurischiformes", and rather
than "Artiodactyliformes" you would want Boviformes or Traguliformes or
Antilocapriformes, or a name based on whatever artiodactyl genus you
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