simple explanation of a taxon concept

Richard Pyle deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG
Fri Nov 4 10:04:09 CET 2005

Hi Sally,

I don't know of any simple definitions on the web, but here's my simple

A defined or implied set of organisms.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Taxonomic Databases Working Group GUID Project
> [mailto:TDWG-GUID at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU]On Behalf Of Sally Hinchcliffe
> Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 6:26 AM
> Subject: simple explanation of a taxon concept
> Hi all,
> can any of you people point me towards a web resource where one of
> our data managers (specialising in economic botany) can have this
> question answered:
> I must admit I'm not altogether sure what is meant by the term taxon
> "concepts" (is there a simple explanation?)
> I'm circulating Donald's questions around the various Kew staff who
> are involved in databases and some of them for some reason don't seem
> to have kept up with the recent fevered debate on TCS-LC and other
> fora
> Thanks
> *** Sally Hinchcliffe
> *** Computer section, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
> *** tel: +44 (0)20 8332 5708
> *** S.Hinchcliffe at

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