The good, the bad, and the ugly: A critical look at species and their institutions from a user's perspective

The good, the bad, and the ugly: A critical look at species and their institutions from a user's... edition (Robins et al., 1991). We share the widespread are real natural entities (e.g. Kottelat, 1997). However, consensus that where codes and common names have by introducing subspecies as another supposedly real a role this is only in addition to, not as a substitute for, entity below the species level, species and sub- scientific names. species become somehow interchangeable units, with Some types of publications proved to be extremely numerous negative consequences. helpful to our work and thus deserve mention in the For example, relational databases are well suited ‘good’ category. These include global works such as for handling large amounts of information in a struc- Nelson’s (1994) Fishes of the World,Eschmeyer’s tured and efficient way, and are the tool of choice (1990) Catalog of the Genera of Recent Fishes and for taxonomic and biological databases (Eschmeyer, (1998) Catalog of Fishes, as well as large-scale, well- 1990, 1998; Froese, 1998b). However, we could not structured family revisions such as those published find a satisfactory solution for dealing with subspecies by the Species Identification and Data Programme of in a relational database design. The hierarchy of class, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United order, family, genus, species, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries Springer Journals

The good, the bad, and the ugly: A critical look at species and their institutions from a user's perspective

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Life Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Zoology
ISSN
0960-3166
eISSN
1573-5184
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1008915531238
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Abstract

edition (Robins et al., 1991). We share the widespread are real natural entities (e.g. Kottelat, 1997). However, consensus that where codes and common names have by introducing subspecies as another supposedly real a role this is only in addition to, not as a substitute for, entity below the species level, species and sub- scientific names. species become somehow interchangeable units, with Some types of publications proved to be extremely numerous negative consequences. helpful to our work and thus deserve mention in the For example, relational databases are well suited ‘good’ category. These include global works such as for handling large amounts of information in a struc- Nelson’s (1994) Fishes of the World,Eschmeyer’s tured and efficient way, and are the tool of choice (1990) Catalog of the Genera of Recent Fishes and for taxonomic and biological databases (Eschmeyer, (1998) Catalog of Fishes, as well as large-scale, well- 1990, 1998; Froese, 1998b). However, we could not structured family revisions such as those published find a satisfactory solution for dealing with subspecies by the Species Identification and Data Programme of in a relational database design. The hierarchy of class, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United order, family, genus, species, and

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Reviews in Fish Biology and FisheriesSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 15, 2004

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