Classical taxonomy and modern methodology

  • W. Koste
  • R. J. Shiel
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 52)


Classical rotifer taxonomy and recent approaches are reviewed, a-taxonomy (morphology) remains the most widely-used technique, and most prone to subjective errors. Computer technology, and genetic or biochemical methods are not widely available in areas of most need — those with developing limnology programs. Strict adherence to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, uniform treatment of ecotypic variation and polymorphism, communication with and between systematists, and establishment of a centralized data base are among the points discussed. A standardized nomenclature is proposed.

Key words

Rotifera species definition taxonomy biogeography nomenclature ecotypes polymorphism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Koste
    • 1
  • R. J. Shiel
    • 2
  1. 1.QuakenbruckGermany
  2. 2.Murray-Darling Freshwater Research CentreAlburyAustralia

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