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Posted by WW on January 29, 2003 at 14:08:10:
In Reply to: Re: P. ruthveni posted by KJUN on January 27, 2003 at 20:12:44:
In many cases, it seems to be Political Species Concept.
:Even if the taxonomy is wrong, but the error potentially makes it easier to get protection fdor the species, I think I can live with it for a while....lol.
Although I sympathise with that viewpoint, it does have a more sinister side to it. Scientists are supposed to draw conclusions from fact, not preconceptions. While erecting "political species" may make things easier in the short run, it will be our undoing in thelong run. Eventually, "developers" etc. will get wise to the fact that new species seem to keep popping up very coveniently whenever anyone wants to do anything, and scientific advice as a whole gets discredited. Scientists ought to be as sure as possible to avoid being seen to be partial in the scientific conclusions we generate, if not, we will all suffer for it.