Posted by Harold De Lisle on June 15, 2002 at 10:53:49:
In Reply to: English names posted by BIC on June 14, 2002 at 10:11:08:
I perhaps used an unfortunate play on the word STANDARD. I was not even discussing English names, but rather what taxa are on one list but not the other or neither.
If English names were so easy to standardize, why hasn't it been accomplished in 50 years? Every time the editor chair is changed we get a new list of "standard common names." Could it be that deciding these names by the establishment elite is a failed method? Why doesn't the SSAR/HL poll its entire membership as to what common names should be? I don't think you can standardize common names by fiat or imposed publication rules.