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Understanding taxonomic and nomenclatural instability – a case study of the Manila clam
Beninger, P.G.; Backeljau, T. (2019). Understanding taxonomic and nomenclatural instability – a case study of the Manila clam. Aquaculture 504: 375-379. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.02.016
In: Aquaculture. Elsevier: Amsterdam; London; New York; Oxford; Tokyo. ISSN 0044-8486; e-ISSN 1873-5622
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  • Beninger, P.G.
  • Backeljau, T.

Abstract
    Native to the Indo-Pacific, the Manila clam has been introduced to North America and Europe, becoming the most economically-important cultured bivalve species worldwide. Research on this species is inconvenienced by the co-existence of several scientific synonyms; non-taxonomists do not necessarily understand why this is so, what names are valid, and how they should justify using a particular name. In order to clarify all of these points, the historic and current taxonomic situation is summarized and explained, and a practical recommendation is proposed. Beyond the sole case of the Manila clam, the problems and issues raised here are experienced by researchers working on many taxa; the present work seeks to clarify the general taxonomic landscape for non-taxonomists.

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