[NAFEX] changing scientific nomenclature
tanistanis at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 5 13:55:46 EDT 2002
Ee Gad, YES the botanical scientific names are changing ! I tested seeds
for a few years, and I had to upgrade the lab's seed herbarium because there
were so many recent changes in crops, weeds, and range/reclamation species.
If anyone is interested, I could post some websites.
>From: Lucky Pittman <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
>Reply-To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [NAFEX] changing scientific nomenclature
>Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2002 08:47:46 -0500
>At 08:46 PM 09/03/2002 -0400, you wrote:
>>One person said grounhogs are named Philohela minor and another said its
>>Marmota monax. I'll repeat my question...Is there more than one animal
>>called a groundhog or woodchuck?.
>One species, Marmota monax.
>Scientific names of numerous species - animal, plant, and protists - are
>being changed, to a large degree, based on newer DNA homology comparisons.
>Guess taxonomists gotta have something to do.
>I wasn't aware of the groundhog/woodchuck's previous moniker - have really
>only been paying attention to them for the last 10 years or so. Some
>biomedical researchers are looking at them as an animal model of human
>disease - they have a hepatitis virus that induces hepatic
>Taxonomic changes in the microbiological field have been rampant over the
>past 10-15 years. Several of the commonly-encountered pathogens that I
>deal with on a regular basis have experience name changes several times:
>Pasteurella haemolytica has become Mannheimia haemolytica
>Corynebacterium pyogenes -->Actinomyces pyogenes -->Arcanobacterium
>Treponema hyodysenteriae-->Serpula hyodysenteriae-->Serpulina
>Name changes in the plant world have been less common(to my knowledge) -
>are the plant taxonomists sleeping? Several of the oak species have been
>'renamed', most not so much on the basis of DNA comparisons as by
>previously accepted misidentifications and acceptance of conventional names
>based on chronologic identification(someone had previously IDed and named a
>species, but a later name had gained more widespread usage). Only other
>major plant name change that I can think of, off the top of my head, is the
>Japanese Pagodatree/Chinese Scholar Tree, Sophora japonica, which has
>recently been changed to Styphnolobia japonica.
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