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Using sea cucumbers to illustrate the basics of zoological nomenclature
Samyn, Y.; Kerr, A.; O’Loughlin, M.; Massin, C.; Pawson, D.L.; Rowe, F.W.E.; Smiley, S.; Solis-Marin, F.A.; Thandar, A.S.; VandenSpiegel, D.; Paulay, G. (2010). Using sea cucumbers to illustrate the basics of zoological nomenclature. SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin 30: 33-40
In: SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin. Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Noumea. ISSN 1095-4943, more
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  • Samyn, Y., more
  • Kerr, A.
  • O’Loughlin, M.
  • Massin, C., more
  • Pawson, D.L.
  • Rowe, F.W.E.
  • Smiley, S.
  • Solis-Marin, F.A.
  • Thandar, A.S.
  • VandenSpiegel, D., more
  • Paulay, G., more

    In addition to a brief account of the need to have unique and unambiguous scientific names for taxa, this paper, annotated with examples of sea cucumbers, explains the basics of zoological nomenclature. In doing so it aims to reduce the confusion that exists among various breeds of end-users of taxonomists who may not fully understand the seemingly arbitrary and often volatile nature of scientific names. This paper also aims to provide teachers and students with a comprehensible account of the basic principles of zoological nomenclature.

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