National Environmental Research Institute, DK-4000, Roskilder, Denmark.
A Perspective on Protistan Nomenclature
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2007
The Journal of Protozoology
Volume 39, Issue 1, pages 125–131, January 1992
How to Cite
PATTERSON, D. J. and LARSEN, J. (1992), A Perspective on Protistan Nomenclature. The Journal of Protozoology, 39: 125–131. doi: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.1992.tb01292.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2007
- Received 9-30-91; accepted 10-1-91
- Codes of Nomenclature
ABSTRACT. The nomenclature of protists is more complicated than that of plants or animals because more than one code of nomenclature applies (i.e. the taxa may be ambiregnal), because of the frequent absence of type material, and because of changing perspectives of the phylogenetic relationships of various groups of protists. These factors often lead to uncertainty over the meaning of names of taxa. If nomenclatural instability is to be avoided, some changes in current practices are required. The nature of the problems and some possible changes are discussed.