Maybe this has been discussed previously, but the specific name is incomplete without the name of the author following it, especially in entomology. We have to be sure we're talking about the right species, and to do that we have to know whose concept we're dealing with. We have a LOT of names in our groups. A resource such as BugGuide is missing a substantial amount of information with the author not included. Also, this would improve BugGuide as a resource. When I'm looking up a group that is not in my area, I can give someone a tentative ID, but to complete the specific name I have to go hunting elsewhere for the author. It would be so much easier and utilitarian if this were included in each specific name.
Contributed by MJ Paulsen on 8 December, 2008 - 11:32am
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