[tdwg-tag] [tdwg-content] canonicalScientificName

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Wed Mar 14 20:17:54 CET 2012

Apart from the fact that I can barely bring myself to care about plants ;) I suspect that the vast majority of names do not present these problems. Why do we let edge cases determine what we do?



On 14 Mar 2012, at 19:10, Dmitry Mozzherin wrote:

> To add to Gregor's post
> scientificNameAuthorship common usage assumes that a name is a linear
> construct which is true for many cases. However in general scientific
> name is a tree, and it is most obvious with names of hybrids. So when
> people try to apply solutions like splitting name to canonical form
> and authorship, it won't work for everybody and everything
> Dima
> On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM, Gregor Hagedorn <g.m.hagedorn at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> - When providers had a text blob for the name, separate from the text blob
>>> for the authorship, they could concatenate the two for presentation in
>>> scientificName, and also provide the authorship bit in
>>> scientificNameAuthorship, and the consumers could easily strip the
>>> authorship from scientificName to produce the functional equivalent of a
>>> canonical name.
>> this does not work for autonyms in botany, i.e. the infraspecific taxa where
>> the infraspecific epithet and the specific epithet are the same. Here the
>> author is before the infraspecific epithet. Inconvenient, but prevents the
>> simplest solution.
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