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The Water Vole - Arvicola terrestris / amphibius?

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This is a short talk showing how the rules of nomenclature make the names of animals unstable and therefore may endanger the animals conservation.

This is a short talk showing how the rules of nomenclature make the names of animals unstable and therefore may endanger the animals conservation.


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    • 1. Requirements Gathering - GUIDs For TAXA? European Water Vole
    • 2. Requirements Gathering - GUIDs For TAXA? European Water Vole Arvicola terrestris
    • 3. Requirements Gathering - GUIDs For TAXA? European Water Vole Arvicola terrestris Arvicola amphibius
    • 4. Requirements Gathering - GUIDs For TAXA? European Water Vole Arvicola terrestris Arvicola amphibius Arvicola terrestris amphibius
    • 5. Requirements Gathering - GUIDs For TAXA? European Water Vole Arvicola terrestris Arvicola amphibius Arvicola terrestris amphibius Ratty The Water Rat “The Wind in the Willows” Kenneth Grahame
    • 6. 1758 Linnaeus Published two species on the same page.
    • 7. 1758 Linnaeus Published two species Modern Times on the same page. recognised as the same species and A. terrestris used as name
    • 8. 1758 Linnaeus Published two species Modern Times on the same page. recognised as the same species and A. terrestris used as name 2005 Musser & Calton Found new ‘first reviser’
    • 9. 1758 Linnaeus Published two species Modern Times on the same page. recognised as the same species and A. terrestris used as name 2005 Musser & Calton Found new ‘first reviser’ Name should be A. amphibius
    • 10. 1758 Linnaeus Published two species Modern Times on the same page. recognised as the same species and A. terrestris used as name 2005 Musser & Calton Found new ‘first reviser’ Name should be A. amphibius 20** ?? Find new ‘first reviser’
    • 11. It does matter what you call it. The names are not interchangeable. ∴ You can’t treat all these resources as if they were labelled A. amphibius
    • 12. It does matter what you call it. The names are not interchangeable. ∴ You can’t treat all these resources as if they were labelled A. amphibius or
    • 13. It does matter what you call it. The names are not interchangeable. ∴ You can’t treat all these resources as if they were labelled A. amphibius or It does NOT matter what you call it. You can treat them as all A. amphibius ∴ There is no point in changing the name
    • 14. “You can’t have your cake and eat it”
    • 15. Conclusion
    • 16. Conclusion A name isn’t a stable identifier
    • 17. Conclusion A name isn’t a stable identifier Some rules of nomenclature guarantee instability
    • 18. Conclusion A name isn’t a stable identifier Some rules of nomenclature guarantee instability Community needs a stable identifier separate from the name or names should be frozen.
    • 19. Conclusion A name isn’t a stable identifier Some rules of nomenclature guarantee instability Community needs a stable identifier separate from the name or names should be frozen. We need to know the characteristics for this identifier i.e. what ‘they’ (non-taxonomists) need
    • 20. Conclusion A name isn’t a stable identifier Some rules of nomenclature guarantee instability Community needs a stable identifier separate from the name or names should be frozen. We need to know the characteristics for this identifier i.e. what ‘they’ (non-taxonomists) need This example is separate from taxonomic changes!