Hostname: page-component-5d59c44645-dknvm Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-02-22T01:09:28.517Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

On the flux ratio method and the number of valid species names

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 April 2016

Andrew R. Solow
Affiliation:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543. E-mail: asolow@whoi.edu
Michael J. Benton
Affiliation:
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, United Kingdom. E-mail: Mike.Benton@bristol.ac.uk

Extract

The flux ratio method is a simple method for estimating the rate of synonymy within a group based on variations over time in the status of species names. Here, we correct an error in this method.

Type
Tools for Paleobiology
Copyright
Copyright © The Paleontological Society 

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

References

Literature Cited

Agapow, P., Bininda-Emonds, O. R. P., Crandall, K. A., Gittleman, J. L., Mace, G. M., Marshall, J. C., and Purvis, A. 2004. The impact of species concept on biodiversity studies. Quarterly Review of Biology 79:161179.Google Scholar
Alroy, J. 2002. How many named species are valid? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99:37063711.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
Alroy, J. 2003. Taxonomic inflation and body mass distributions in North American fossil mammals. Journal of Mammalogy 84:431443.2.0.CO;2>CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Benton, M. J. 2008a. How to find a dinosaur, and the role of synonymy in biodiversity studies. Paleobiology 34:516533.Google Scholar
Benton, M. J. 2008b. Fossil quality and naming dinosaurs. Biology Letters 4:729732.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
Butterfield, N. J. 2007. Macroevolution and macroecology through deep time. Palaeontology 50:4155.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Gaston, K. J., and Mound, L. H. 1993. Taxonomy, hypothesis testing, and the biodiversity crisis. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 251:39142.Google Scholar
Ross, S. M. 1995. Stochastic processes. Wiley, New York.Google Scholar
Scotland, R. W., and Wortley, A. H. 2003. How many species of seed plant are there? Taxon 52:101104.Google Scholar
Solow, A. R., Mound, L. A., and Gaston, K. J. 1995. Estimating the rate of synonymy. Systematic Biology 44:9396.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Wang, S. C., and Dodson, P. 2006. Estimating the diversity of dinosaurs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103:1360113605.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed