[tdwg-content] New terms need resolution: "Individual"

Nico Cellinese ncellinese at flmnh.ufl.edu
Thu Jul 14 15:00:54 CEST 2011

Let's drop taxon! populations are definitively NOT always taxa. They  
may be in some specific circumstances but dont deserve the general  
term  I support Rich's argument albeit not in full because taxa are  
actually not opinions based but hypotheses inferred by phylogenies,  
unless a tested hypothesis qualifies for an opinion. In any case,  
whatever we may mean with taxa, populations are clearly not covered in  
most cases.


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On Jul 14, 2011, at 4:51 AM, Gregor Hagedorn <g.m.hagedorn at gmail.com>  

> On 14 July 2011 08:41, Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org> wrote:
>> My turn to disagree (strongly, in this case).  It's not an instance  
>> of a
>> taxon, it's an instance of an Organism.  A taxon is merely a non- 
>> factual
>> (i.e., opinion-based)  attribute of an organism, secondarily  
>> associated via
>> an Identification instance.
> WIth respect to organism: strictly, Viruses are not organisms, but I
> could live with that.
> But the goal is to find a term including population. Population
> definitely is not an organism.
> I believe the instances of taxon are organisms, populations,  
> individuals.
> Gregor
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