Ichthyological Research

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 192–197 | Cite as

Reconciliation of taxonomy with laboratory fish research communities

  • Kenji SaitohEmail author
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The advancement of phylogenetic systematics sometimes gives rise to changes in scientific names of model fishes. These changes disturb information retrieval systems and laboratory animal research communities, as scientists may miss some of the papers in publication outflow. I briefly review past changes of scientific names for several model fishes that are widely used by non-taxonomists and non-ichthyologists. Because of the priority rule, some name changes or reassignments are unavoidable. The modern principle of classification requires monophyletic groups to be assigned to higher taxonomic ranks, such as genera and families (Ruggiero et al. 2015). At the same time, however, there is no general rule about how close or distant species should be when placed in higher ranks, as long as the lumping or splitting complies with inclusion criteria. Hence, some other changes at higher ranks are avoidable, either by assembling or dismissing groups at a higher rank. I propose a feasible...



I thank Masato Kinoshita for discussions, and Henry L. Bart Jr. and Elaine Monaghan for editing a draft of this manuscript. I have no conflict of interest in the publication of this comment paper.


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  1. 1.Tohoku National Fisheries Research InstituteShiogamaJapan

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