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In defence of taxonomic governance

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© 2019, Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik. It is well known that taxonomists rely on many different methods and criteria for species delimitation, leading to different kinds of groups being recognised as species. While this state of relative disorder is widely acknowledged, there is no similar agreement about how it should be resolved. This paper considers the view that the disorder in species classification should be resolved by a system of taxonomic governance. I argue that such a system of governance is best seen as a combination of standardisation, unification and regulation, each of which can be implemented in different forms. I investigate the forms that these three components should take for taxonomic governance by looking into two successfully governed classification systems, namely, virus classification and enzyme classification. The last part of the paper then defends the governance view against five objections.
Tijdschrift: Organisms Diversity & Evolution
ISSN: 1439-6092
Issue: 2
Volume: 19
Pagina's: 87 - 97
Aantal pagina's: 11
Jaar van publicatie:2019
Trefwoorden:Genetica en ontwikkelingsbiologie, Dierkunde