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    Ok for those who know what i am speaking of:
    Are you a splitter or a lumper?

    Personally I am a lumper unless there is an obvious reason. Especially i know there is tooooooo much splitting going on in the Cactus Family.

    If you ever have the time or are curious check out how many Cereus divisions there are. Cereus are the majority of columnar cactus, but also includes epiphytes.

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    im with you, why is it i feel completly lost even more so, now that i reread the post [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Lumper, certainly. The thrust of taxonomy is to unite wherever possible in my opinion. That isn't to say that splitting is part of the picture when it is called for and supported, but generally speaking I favor lumping.
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    Wh-waht? Whata re oyu talking about? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
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    Splitting and lumping are terms to describe two different schools of thought in general taxonomy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Tamlin Dawnstar @ Sep. 17 2004,12:29)]Splitting and lumping are terms to describe two different schools of thought in general taxonomy.
    What? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] I am very confused. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
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    Some taxonomists seek to unite species according to their similarities. They are "lumpers". They lump together similar forms.

    Splitters look for and concentrate on the differences, visable or otherwise, and use these differences to seggregate one species from another. They split the species up, assigning new species names to the different forms.

    Each has its time and place.
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