PhyloCode: A Phylogenetic Code of Biological Nomenclature

1st Edition

Kevin de Queiroz, Philip Cantino

CRC Press
January 8, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138332829 - CAT# K393169

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Summary

PhyloCode is a set of principles, rules, and recommendations governing phylogenetic nomenclature, a system for naming taxa by explicit reference to phylogeny. In contrast, systems, as embodied in the current botanical, zoological, and bacteriological codes, define taxa by reference to taxonomic ranks (e.g., family, genus) and types. This edition will govern the names of clades, while species names will still be governed by traditional codes. PhyloCode is designed so that it can be used concurrently with the rankbased codes. It is not meant not to replace existing systems but to provide an alternative system for governing the application of both existing and newly proposed names

Key selling features:

  • Provides clear regulations for implementing new guidelines for naming lineages of organisms
  • Incorporates expressly evolutionary and phylogentic principles
  • Works with existing codes of nomenclature
  • Eliminates the reliance on rank-based classification in favor of phylogenetic relationships
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