The disconnect between DNA and species names
What is it about?
DNA data has become increasingly critical for species identification and phylogenetic analysis. At the same time, DNA databases such as GenBank are increasingly disconnected from the taxonomic literature by receiving preliminary species names with their sequence submissions which never get updated, so that the fraction of preliminary names increases in DNA data, confusing taxonomic and any other downstream biological work that uses species names.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr. Peter Uetz