Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation

Thomson, Scott A. and Pyle, Richard L. and Ahyong, Shane T. and Alonso-Zarazaga, Miguel and Ammirati, Joe and Araya, Juan Francisco and Ascher, John S. and Audisio, Tracy Lynn and Azevedo-Santos, Valter M. and Bailly, Nicolas and Baker, William J. and Balke, Michael and Barclay, Maxwell V. L. and Barrett, Russell L. and Benine, Ricardo C. and Bickerstaff, James R. M. and Bouchard, Patrice and Bour, Roger and Bourgoin, Thierry and Boyko, Christopher B. and Breure, Abraham S. H. and Brothers, Denis J. and Byng, James W. and Campbell, David and Ceriaco, Luis M. P. and Cernak, Istvan and Cerretti, Pierfilippo and Chang, Chih-Han and Cho, Soowon and Copus, Joshua M. and Costello, Mark J. and Cseh, Andras and Csuzdi, Csaba and Culham, Alastair and D'Elia, Guillermo and d'Acoz, Cedric d'Udekem and Daneliya, Mikhail E. and Dekker, Rene and Dickinson, Edward C. and Dickinson, Timothy A. and van Dijk, Peter Paul and Dijkstra, Klaas-Douwe B. and Dima, Balint and Dmitriev, Dmitry A. and Duistermaat, Leni and Dumbacher, John P. and Eiserhardt, Wolf L. and Ekrem, Torbjorn and Evenhuis, Neal L. and Faille, Arnaud and Fernandez-Trianam, Jose L. and Fiesler, Emile and Fishbein, Mark and Fordham, Barry G. and Freitas, Andre V. L. and Friol, Natalia R. and Fritz, Uwe and Froslev, Tobias and Funk, Vicki A. and Gaimari, Stephen D. and Garbino, Guilherme S. T. and Garraffoni, Andre R. S. and Geml, Jozsef and Gill, Anthony C. and Gray, Alan and Grazziotin, Felipe G. and Greenslade, Penelope and Gutierrez, Eliecer E. and Harvey, Mark S. and Hazevoet, Cornelis J. and He, Kai and He, Xiaolan and Helfer, Stephan and Helgen, Kristofer M. and van Heteren, Anneke H. and Garcia, Francisco Hita and Holstein, Norbert and Horvath, Margit K. and Hovenkamp, Peter H. and Hwang, Wei Song and Hyvonen, Jaakko and Islam, Melissa B. and Iverson, John B. and Ivie, Michael A. and Jaafar, Zeehan and Jackson, Morgan D. and Jayat, J. Pablo and Johnson, Norman F. and Kaiser, Hinrich and Klitgard, Bente B. and Knapp, Daniel G. and Kojima, Jun-ichi and Koljalg, Urmas and Kontschan, Jeno and Krell, Frank-Thorsten and Krisai-Greilhuberm, Irmgard and Kullander, Sven and Latelle, Leonardo and Lattke, John E. and Lencioni, Valeria and Lewis, Gwilym P. and Lhano, Marcos G. and Lujan, Nathan K. and Luksenburg, Jolanda A. and Mariaux, Jean and Marinho-Filho, Jader and Marshall, Christopher J. and Mate, Jason F. and McDonough, Molly M. and Michel, Ellinor and Miranda, Vitor F. O. and Mitroiulm, Mircea-Dan and Molinari, Jesus and Monks, Scott and Moore, Abigail J. and Moratelli, Ricardo and Muranyi, David and Nakano, Takafumi and Nikolaeva, Svetlana and Noyes, John and Ohl, Michael and Oleas, Nora H. and Orrell, Thomas and Pall-Gergele, Barna and Pape, Thomas and Papp, Viktor and Parenti, Lynne R. and Patterson, David and Pavlinov, Igor Ya. and Pine, Ronald H. and Poczai, Peter and Prado, Jefferson and Prathapan, Divakaran and Rabeler, Richard K. and Randall, John E. and Rheindt, Frank E. and Rhodin, Anders G. J. and Rodriguez, Sara M. and Rogers, D. Christopher and Roque, Fabio de O. and Rowe, Kevin C. and Ruedas, Luis A. and Salazar-Bravo, Jorge and Salvador, Rodrigo B. and Sangster, George and Sarmiento, Carlos E. and Schigel, Dmitry S. and Schmidt, Stefan and Schueler, Frederick W. and Segers, Hendrik and Snow, Neil and Souza-Dias, Pedro G. B. and Stals, Riaan and Stenroos, Soili and Stone, R. Douglas and Sturm, Charles F. and Stys, Pavel and Teta, Pablo and Thomas, Daniel C. and Timm, Robert M. and Tindall, Brian J. and Todd, Jonathan A. and Triebel, Dagmar and Valdecasas, Antonio G. and Vizzini, Alfredo and Vorontsova, Maria S. and de Vos, Jurriaan M. and Wagner, Philipp and Watling, Les and Weakley, Alan and Welter-Schultes, Francisco and Whitmore, Daniel and Wilding, Nicholas and Will, Kipling and Williams, Jason and Wilson, Karen and Winston, Judith E. and Wuster, Wolfgang and Yanega, Douglas and Yeates, David K. and Zaher, Hussam and Zhang, Guanyang and Zhang, Zhi-Qiang and Zhou, Hong-Zhang. (2018) Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation. PLOS BIOLOGY, 16 (3). p. 16.

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Taxonomy is a scientific discipline that has provided the universal naming and classification system of biodiversity for centuries and continues effectively to accommodate new knowledge. A recent publication by Garnett and Christidis [1] expressed concerns regarding the difficulty that taxonomic changes represent for conservation efforts and proposed the establishment of a system to govern taxonomic changes. Their proposal to "restrict the freedom of taxonomic action" through governing subcommittees that would "review taxonomic papers for compliance" and their assertion that "the scientific community's failure to govern taxonomy threatens the effectiveness of global efforts to halt biodiversity loss, damages the credibility of science, and is expensive to society" are flawed in many respects. They also assert that the lack of governance of taxonomy damages conservation efforts, harms the credibility of science, and is costly to society. Despite its fairly recent release, Garnett and Christidis' proposition has already been rejected by a number of colleagues [2,3,4,5,6,7,8]. Herein, we contribute to the conversation between taxonomists and conservation biologists aiming to clarify some misunderstandings and issues in the proposition by Garnett and Christidis.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Physiological Plant Ecology (Kahmen)
UniBasel Contributors:de Vos, Jurriaan M.
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Article Subtype:Further Journal Contribution
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