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Posted by pjay on October 15, 2002 at 14:31:35:
most people who are not using the current accepted name are generally doing so because they are not aware that the change has occurred. although they are often flawed, standardized lists are published to educate the larger community of the valid taxonomic changes that have recently occurred in the major and more importantly regional and obscure journals that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.
not accepting a "hypothesis" that is accompanied by data in a valid publication is not a good enough reason not to use the new names. ignoring valid taxonomic changes is only going to cause more problems. if you feel that the change is unwarranted, then you should write a paper that refutes the change and returns the name to the old taxonomy. the use of multiple accepted names would not serve the purpose that taxonomists strive for: unambiguous identification of a unique taxon with a unique name.
:over the years, various lists of "accepted" or "standardized" scientific names have been published (e.g. SSAR or CNAH). these lists are lists using the latest research, essentially accepting as valid the latest publication (until someone refutes or reorganizes such a taxon). to my way of thinking, these constant name changes are certainly a part of science, but to "force" everyone to accept a certain name as the only "valid" one seems to me to run contrary to the nature of scientific inquiry.
:basically, a new taxonomic arrangement is a hypothesis (for example, the recent split between Crotalus viridis and Crotalus oreganus). in other fields of science, one is not forced to accept a new hypothesis, rather, it takes time and more data before a hypothesis is accepted. it just strikes me as odd that the purveyors of these "standardized lists" want us to accept these hypotheses as valid without more data. why not let the scientific community take time and evaluate the data and come to accept these new names rather than say "hey everyone, here's the new list that you all have to go by!"