Friday, November 17, 2006

More on names (and frogs)

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution carries two articles debating the application of names to trees, which reflects tensions between two codes of nomenclatures (ICZN and Phylocode). Alain Dubois (doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.06.007 and
David Hillis (doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.08.001) present rather different views. The paper that brought things to a head is Hillis and Wilcox (2005) "Phylogeny of the New World true frogs (Rana)" (doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2004.10.007, TreeBASE S1186). I've not had time to digest this (it's Friday evening, after all), but I think it's interesting to see to what extent the systems can coexist (which is what Hillis seems to argue, if only as a transitional stage), or whether they are simply incompatible.

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