The current system of nomenclature works well enough for many users and purposes. Linnaean names are both responsive to certain changes in taxonomic perspective and fairly stable. The former is necessary so that taxonomists can express what they learn about nature’s entities and their relationships. The latter helps users such as ecologists understand each other’s results-even if they are separated in space and time. Linnaean names have successfully played the role of a working compromise for 250 years.
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