Binomial Nomenclature

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binomial nomenclature

[bī′nō·mē·əl ‚nō·mən′klā·chər]
The Linnean system of classification requiring the designation of a binomen, the genus and species name, for every species of plant and animal.

Binomial Nomenclature


the designation of plants, animals, and microorganisms by a double name—by genus and species. Binomial nomenclature was introduced by C. Linnaeus, who systematically used it in the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae (1759). All the generally accepted zoological and botanical nomenclature in Latin comes from this work—for example, Betula pubescens (white birch), Cervus elaphus (red deer).

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Binary nomenclature is not limited to biological nomenclature.
Unfortunately, many recent popular articles on biological nomenclature have not made the critical distinction between nomenclature and taxonomy and thus give the impression that taxonomists continue to employ Linnaeus's taxonomy.
A phylogenetic approach to biological nomenclature as an alternative to the Linoaean systems in current use.
We could, of course, devise a system of biological nomenclature that would be perfectly stable, but in the end it would be almost certainly be useless scientifically.
Stability of names is the only criterion of interest to de Queiroz, but it can hardly be the only relevant criterion in evaluating a system of biological nomenclature.
Proposals to discard the current systems of biological nomenclature and replace them with a so-called phylogenetic taxonomy received considerable publicity for about a decade without any specific details on implementation of the replacement system (see Nixon & Carpenter, 2000).

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