Taxonomy and Systematics

Introduction

Systematics may succinctly be described as "the cradle of comparative biology". It encompasses characterization, classification, and nomenclature. The term "taxonomy" is often used interchangeably with systematics. It appears to make more sense to regard taxonomy as the domain within systematics that is concerned with classification. As an aspect of systematics, taxonomy thus constitutes a kind of classification that uses names and by doing so is affected by the rules of nomenclature. Identification is often considered to be a part of taxonomy but may better be regarded as a separate kind of undertaking that depends on taxonomy.

Resources

Information on taxonomy and systematics available at LPSN:
A chronologically sorted selection of publications on the taxonomy of prokaryotes:
1991-1995
1996-2000
2001-2005
2006-2010
2011-2015
2016-2020

Tools

Useful online tools concerning prokaryotic taxonomy: