In a 10-1 decision, the Committee on Phylogenetic Nomenclature voted to reject the wholesale adoption of a proposal to amend the PhyloCode that would have greatly changed how it handles species and species names. However, the CPN has decided to discuss the possibility of using some ideas in the proposal.
As I discussed earlier, I'm open to following the proposal in removing the term "species" from some places. E.g.:
2.1. In this code, a clade is an ancestor (an organism, population, or species) and all of its descendants.I see no reason this couldn't just be:
2.1. In this code, a clade is an ancestor (an organism or population) and all of its descendants....especially since species are almost universally considered a type of population.
In fact, I'd prefer this:
2.1. In this code, a clade is a taxonomic unit and all of its descendants....or ideally:
2.1. In this code, a clade is a cladogen united with all of its descendants. A cladogen is a taxonomic unit, or the union of multiple taxonomic units that all share descendants and are not ancestral to each other....but that's a larger change that would have little, if any, practical impact, and hence would be better discussed at a later date, well after the code is up and running.
Anyway, I'd like to see what readers of this blog think about the matter. Comment away!