beta taxonomy


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beta taxonomy

the level of TAXONOMY concerned with arranging species into a natural CLASSIFICATION, which logically follows ALPHA TAXONOMY.
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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].
Stability in species beta taxonomy indicates that Paussini species are recognized as discrete entities by most researchers.
Gamez, "Assessing alpha and beta taxonomy in eupelmid wasps: determinants of the probability of describing good species and synonyms," Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, vol.