Towards a global list of accepted species III. Independence and stakeholder inclusion

Stijn Conix, Stephen T. Garnett, Kevin R. Thiele, Les Christidis, Peter Paul van Dijk, Olaf S. Bánki, Saroj K. Barik, John S. Buckeridge, Mark J. Costello, Donald Hobern, Paul M. Kirk, Aaron Lien, Svetlana Nikolaeva, Richard L. Pyle, Scott A. Thomson, Zhi Qiang Zhang, Frank E. Zachos

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A global consensus list of the world’s species must be based on the best available taxonomic research, and its contents should not be biased towards certain political or social aims. At the same time, users of any global list must be involved or consulted in its establishment to ensure that the list meets their needs. This paper argues that while these two desiderata— independence and inclusion—might seem to be in conflict, they are in fact compatible. More precisely, it suggests the roles taxonomists and users could play in establishing and maintaining a global consensus list to make sure that this list is both inclusive and independent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-643
Number of pages13
JournalOrganisms Diversity and Evolution
Issue number4
Early online dateJul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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