Response to the Point of View of Gregory b. Pauly, David m. Hillis, and David c. Cannatella, by the Anuran Subcommittee of the Ssar/hl/asih Scientific and Standard English Names List

  title={Response to the Point of View of Gregory b. Pauly, David m. Hillis, and David c. Cannatella, by the Anuran Subcommittee of the Ssar/hl/asih Scientific and Standard English Names List},
  author={Darrel R. Frost and Roy W. Mcdiarmid and Joseph R. Mendelson},
Abstract The Point of View by Gregory Pauly, David Hillis, and David Cannatella misrepresents the motives and activities of the anuran subcommittee of the Scientific and Standard English Names Committee, contains a number of misleading statements, omits evidence and references to critical literature that have already rejected or superseded their positions, and cloaks the limitations of their nomenclatural approach in ambiguous language. Their Point of View is not about promoting transparency in… 

The International Code of Zoological Nomenclature must be drastically improved before it is too late

It is argued here that if the Code of the 21st century does not evolve to incorporate these changes, it will prove unable to play its role in front of several important recent theoretical and practical developments of taxonomy and run the risk of being abandoned by a part of the international community of zootaxonomists.

Case 3428 Palaemon rosenbergii De Man, 1879 (currently Macrobrachium rosenbergii; Crustacea, Decapoda): proposed conservation of usage by designation of a neotype

  • D. WoworP. Ng
  • Biology
    The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
  • 2008
It is proposed that the existing holotype of Macrobrachium rosenbergii (De Man, 1879) be set aside and the lectotype of M. dacqueti (Sunier, 1925) be designated as neotype of macrobrachius rosen Bergii in its place, to allow biologists to retain the name M. rosenburgii for the commercially valuable species.

A perspective on amphibian conservation in the United States

In the United States of America, the connection between science and policy can be thin, tenuous and capricious. Despite the fact that some of the best work in conservation biology in this country has

Identification of leopard frogs (Anura: Ranidae: Lithobates) distributed in some localities of the Southern Mexican Plateau using mitochondrial DNA sequences

12S ribosomal RNA gene partial sequences obtained from frogs distributed in the Southern Mexican Plateau show two haplotypes with a divergence of 0.4%.

A phylogeny and evolutionary natural history of mesoamerican toads (Anura: Bufonidae: Incilius) based on morphology, life history, and molecular data

This study provides the most comprehensive evolutionary framework for Mesoamerican bufonids (Incilius), which is used as a starting point to invoke discussion on the evolution of their unique natural history traits.

Cryptic diversity in Rhampholeon boulengeri (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae), a pygmy chameleon from the Albertine Rift biodiversity hotspot.

An Extraordinary New Species of Melanophryniscus (Anura, Bufonidae) from Southeastern Brazil

A new species of bufonid from a lowland, sandy soil, restinga habitat in the state of Espírito Santo, southeastern Brazil is described, which possesses several peculiar character states that distinguish it from all other Melanophryniscus.


Historic, natural natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita Laurenti) breeding sites on the north Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, were surveyed in June 2011. Current habitat conditions and possible presence of



Taxonomic Freedom and the Role of Official Lists of Species Names

It is argued that current practices for authoring, reviewing, and using this list, in some cases, generate taxonomic chaos and that users are uncertain of which name to use and/or the rationale for using a particular name, and efficient communication is hindered by this confusion.

Naming taxa from cladograms: some confusions, misleading statements, and necessary clarifications

  • A. Dubois
  • Biology
    Cladistics : the international journal of the Willi Hennig Society
  • 2007
It is once again stressed that, for the quality and accuracy of communication between evolutionary biologists, and above all with other biologists and non‐biologists, it is urgent that scientific periodicals impose the use of different systems of notation of nomina following distinct nomenclatural systems, such as the Code and the Phylocode.

Constraints in naming parts of the Tree of Life.

  • D. Hillis
  • Biology
    Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • 2007

Are Standard Names Lists Taxonomic Straightjackets?

Abstract Standard names lists of the North American herpetofauna have been published since 1882, with the newest list published in 2008. The most recent list was criticized by Pauly et al. in this

Naming taxa from cladograms: a cautionary tale.

  • A. Dubois
  • Biology
    Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • 2007

A reevaluation of the evidence supporting an unorthodox hypothesis on the origin of extant amphibians

The most parsimonious trees - now longer by almost 64% - support one of the three commonly advocated hypotheses, namely a monophyletic Lissamphibia nested, together with its sister-group Albanerpetontidae, within the temnospondyls (next to Doleserpeton) - even though the authors did not add any characters or taxa to the very small data matrix.

Forum – Taxonomic Stability is Ignorance

An alternative to Linnaean nomenclature is concluded to provide stable names for unstable concepts in terms of communicating either characters shared by species of a named taxon or elements included in a taxon, de Queiroz and Gauthier's system is less stable than theLinnaean system.

Phylogeny as a Central Principle in Taxonomy: Phylogenetic Definitions of Taxon Names

Defining the names of taxa in terms of common ancestry, that is, using phylogenetic definitions of taxon names, departs from a tradition of character-based definitions by granting the concept of

The web and the structure of taxonomy.

It is argued that taxonomy needs to forge better links with its user-communities to maintain its funding base, and that an important part of this is making the products of its research more accessible through the Internet.

Incorporation of nomina of higher-ranked taxa into the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature : some basic questions

This system provides clear, unambiguous, stringent and universal Rules for the nomination of higher taxa in the future, compatible with all taxonomic systems including “phylogenetic” ones, while respecting the freedom of taxonomic thought and actions.