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Principles for creating a single authoritative list of the world’s species

Authors
  • Garnett, Stephen T.
  • Christidis, Les
  • Conix, Stijn
  • Costello, Mark J.
  • Zachos, Frank E.
  • Bánki, Olaf S.
  • Bao, Yiming
  • Barik, Saroj K.
  • Buckeridge, John S.
  • Hobern, Donald
  • Lien, Aaron
  • Montgomery, Narelle
  • Nikolaeva, Svetlana
  • Pyle, Richard L.
  • Thomson, Scott A.
  • van Dijk, Peter Paul
  • Whalen, Anthony
  • Zhang, Zhi-Qiang
  • Thiele, Kevin R.
Type
Published Article
Journal
PLoS Biology
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Publication Date
Jul 07, 2020
Volume
18
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000736
PMID: 32634138
PMCID: PMC7340280
Source
PubMed Central
License
Unknown

Abstract

Currently there are no rules on compiling lists of accepted names of species, meaning that many people use a variety of competing lists, which results in confusion and inefficiencies. This Perspective article provides principles for developing global lists of species that are needed if such lists are to be accepted by both taxonomists and users of taxonomy.

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