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Short review: Is bull-kelp kelp? The role of common names in science

Fraser, Ceridwen


Common names are non-specific by definition, and scientists should naturally avoid placing strict rules on their usage. There are many examples of common names applying to numerous, often only distantly related taxa, yet the term 'kelp' is increasingly being used to refer solely to members of the macroalgal order Laminariales, and some scientists now assert that any other use is incorrect. A brief examination of the word's etymology, however, demonstrates that kelp can with equal validity also...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
DOI: 10.1080/00288330.2011.621130


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