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Fri 04 May 2007

Linnaeus 300 (03/30) - Acanthus ilicifolius L.

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Linnaeus 300 - Raffles Museum News is bringing you 30 images of species described by Linnaeus in the month leading to his 300th birthday on 23rd May 2007.

Photo (3 of 30): Acanthus ilicifolius L., provided by Hugh Tan
Jeruju putih is a sea holly found in the Indo-West Pacific mangroves.
See "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore."

Linnean celebrations around the world

The Zoological Society of London, with the Linnean Society of London are holding a Discussion Meeting in "Celebration of the Tercentenary of the Birth of Carl Linnaeus," on 8th May 2007.

"Taxonomy, the description and naming of species, is fundamental to all biology. Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish physician and naturalist, introduced the method of binomial nomenclature using genus and species names on a world scale for animals in 1758 with the publication of Systema Naturae.

Zoological nomenclature is now administered with a comprehensive set of rules by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN).

Taxonomy increasingly relies on electronic forms of communication, and open access is essential for this information to be really useful.

Molecular data are vital in the field of phylogenetics, and molecular methods from nucleotides to amino acids, and the current Barcode of Life initiative - are set to increase in importance in other areas of taxonomy. Each year about 15,000-20,000 animals are named and described. To understand and sustain biodiversity it is essential that we know what species there are on Earth."

See the ZSL webpage.

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