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The Concept of "Potential Taxa" in Databases

Walter G. Berendsohn
Taxon
Vol. 44, No. 2 (May, 1995), pp. 207-212
DOI: 10.2307/1222443
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1222443
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Abstract

The concept of a "potential taxon" as a name- and literature-related data area in botanical databases is introduced. A potential taxon is a name with taxon circumscription information attached to it by means of one or more literature references. As a compromise solution between linking information in database systems entirely to specimen data or only to accepted names, using potential taxa can effectively preserve information links without hindering rapid database input and information processing. It is suggested that a potential taxon be cited by its name, followed by the abbreviation "sec." (for secundum = according to) and at least one of the literature references used to define it.

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