alpha taxonomy


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alpha taxonomy

that level of TAXONOMY concerned with the characterization and naming of a species. See also BETA TAXONOMY.
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It also seeks to counter-balance poorly supported alpha taxonomy in an academic climate polluted by fund-holders who base evaluation on bibliometry rather than on the contents and effectiveness of works.
This study represented the first alpha taxonomy, the first confirmed life cycle, and the first molecular sequence data for the genus in Alabama.
This indicates that new species are still being described (alpha taxonomy), albeit at decreasing rate in the best explored regions, whereas virtually no synonyms are currently being described, implying either a lack of beta taxonomy (i.e., redundant descriptions are still considered valid because of the reduced revisional work) or an excellent efficiency of alpha taxonomy (i.e., all new species are valid and none is redundantly described) [24].