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Re: Taxa nomy?
In a message dated 3/10/04 12:16:20 AM Eastern Standard Time, Hall966@msn.com
<< Forgive me for the amateur question, but if species were abandoned how
would a new organism be labelled? What would we call it when talking about it
(what would be in a name at this point?)? Or is this question totally
Least Inclusive Taxonomic Units. To quote Pleijel and Rouse:
"Identification of taxa as LITUs are statements about the current state of
knowledge (or lack thereof ) without implying that they have no internal nested
structure; we simply do not know if a given LITU consists of several
monophyletic groups or not. In order to make them readily identifiable, we
suggest that LITUs be written with all lowercase letters, whereas all other,
inclusive taxon names have an initial capital letter (figure 3)."
So for example, to the extent that there are no known monophyletic
subdivisions of the specimens we know as Microraptor gui, we can call this
the LITU microraptor (or whatever). If they were ever discovered to form
monophyletic subgroups, "microraptor" is shifted to a capitalized
the smaller subdivisions get new, lower-case LITU names.
Thats their proposal, anyway.