“What's the use of their having names”, the Gnat said, “if they won't answer to them?”. “No use to them” said Alice; “but its useful to the people that name them, I suppose. If not, why do things have names at all?” Alice Through the Looking Glass. Lewis Carroll (1871).

Thanks to the Linnaean system of Biological Nomenclature systematics these days is an ordered discipline. Debates over specifics still abound, but there is little argument that taxonomy should reflect the current state of our phylogenetic knowledge. However, recent proposals to replace the historically developed and universally utilized Linnaean system of...

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