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Bryophyllum plants and animals

Bill Williams WEWilliams at smcm.edu
Mon Nov 4 17:25:34 EST 2002

At 1:40 AM +0000 11/2/02, Janice M. Glime wrote:
>Unfortunately, something can be both an animal name and a plant name; for
>example, Ephemerella is a mayfly and also a moss.  I have found other
>examples but can't remember them.  The two sets of nomenclature are
>independent, unless something has changed recently that I am unaware of.

Yes, every time the International Botanical Congress gets together to 
update the "International Code of Botanical Nomenclature," they 
discuss what they call "harmonization," which means bringing plant 
and animal taxonomy into "harmony." I think they usually discuss and 
reject it as impractical or somesuch. My recollection is that there 
are all kinds of disharmonies (dissonances?) at many different levels 
of the naming hierarchies, not simply plant and animal genera with 
the same names.

William E. Williams WEWilliams at smcm.edu
Biology Department
Saint Mary's College of Maryland

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