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Month: June 2010

Taxonomy, Nomenclature and PESI – An explanation for mortals.

I just wrote 500 words explaining the relationship between Taxonomy, Nomenclature and PESI for use in the PESI portal. Here they are:

The process of creating a classification of life is split into two parts. Firstly experts decide which species exist. This process is called taxonomy. Secondly the experts work out what to call the species they recognise. This is called nomenclature.

The relationship between taxonomy and nomenclature is complex.