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RE: Princeton Field Guide

David Marjanovic wrote:

<Whatever you want it to be.>

  And this tells me that effective scientific discourse cannot occur on the 
definition of the word "genus." Thanks, David, for proving what I wrote 
earlier. This also tells me that I _can_ have 70 species of *Varanus* (or more, 
many more) and it would be _right_, because (gosh darnit) I'm worth it, and my 
CV will be so _HUGE_.

  You see, the issue is cascading: A genus, a family, a species, are all ranks. 
And in their pretense, systematists will at least adhere to one of these as a 
recognition of true biological or taxonomic utility (mostly the species, but 
sometimes the genus) and enforce this through nomenclature, which must be then 
followed. So I cannot really pretend that some taxa do not exist because my 
concept structure is different from theirs. Note how the quoted premise does 
not benefit science?


Jaime A. Headden
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