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
Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 15, 2004
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