David Eickhoff

Native Hawaiian Plant Specialist

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    Steve Baskauf commented on "EOL Curators":

    Well, what you are saying makes sense. However, one's position on this issue depends somewhat on what one believes about the purpose of providing common names in a reference. If one believes that a centralized body should decide on the proper common names for species and that everyone should use those names (e.g. as is generally the case for bird species where a governing body puts out a list of standardized common names), then perhaps your approach should be adopted. On the other hand, if one believes that the purpose of listing common names is to report what people actually call the taxon, then it doesn't really matter what we think is the most sensible way to list a name. What matters is how one finds it being used. Unlike birds, there is no centralized body that decides what common names should be used for plants. Subsequently there may be several common names for a single species of plant as well as different regional names. For example, in some places, Euonymus americanus is called "strawberry bush". However, in the area where I live, the most typical common name is "hearts a-bustin' with love" or just "hearts a-bustin' ". How does one render that according to rules? No one has actually appointed Encyclopedia of Life or EOL curators to decide the proper way to render common names.

    over 3 years ago

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    tony rebelo commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jamie McMillan: I concur. The issue of names being Proper Names or collective names is an issue I too feel strongly about. To my mind a Proper Name: the name that refers specifically to a special species is the same as a persons name: it should be capitalized and cannot be genitive. What is a white green fly? It could be anything. But White Greenfly alerts me immediately that this refers to a special species (or genus) that probably has a scientific name. I go a bit further than you though. Great Crested Grebe is still too descriptive. Why not Greatcrest Grebe if it has a large crest or Great Crest Grebe if it is the larger of a group of Grebes with crests. And certainly it is Burchells Coucal - it is named after Burchell and does not belong to him, so Burchell's Coucal is wrong. But I am amazed at the vehement criticism I get when I vehemently try forcing my views on the matter ..

    over 3 years ago

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    cuttersgoose commented on "Senna gaudichaudii (Hook. & Arn.) H. S. Irwin & Barneby":

    Beautiful!

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff marked "Gouania vitifolia" as unreviewed on the "Gouania hawaiiensis" page.

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff marked "Gouania vitifolia" as unreviewed on the "Gouania bishopii" page.

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff marked "Gouania vitifolia" as unreviewed on the "Gouania vitifolia" page.

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff marked "Vigna o-wahuensis" as unreviewed on the "Vigna o-wahuensis" page.

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff marked "Luria tessellata" as unreviewed on the "Luria tessellata" page.

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff marked "Luria tessellata" as unreviewed on the "Cypraea tessellata" page.

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff marked "Homalocantha anatomica pele" as unreviewed on the "Homalocantha anatomica" page.

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff marked "Homalocantha anatomica pele" as unreviewed on the "Murex anatomica" page.

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff set "Panicum niihauense" as an exemplar on "Panicum niihauense H. St. John".

    over 3 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: I am a great capital letter fan and have tried to do this in my wildlife travel company http://www.naturalist.co.uk/ (just for ref -not and advert!). But several of my tour leaders are also journalists and it has taken a long time to persuade them to capitalise. My reasoning is that when someone writes 'I saw a little ringed plover' do they mean a small Greater Ringed Plover, a small Ringed Plover whose species they couldn't quite determine, or a species named Little Ringed Plover? Caps make it clear at once. The other big confusion that might have already been mentioned is hyphenation. A Great Crested Grebe means a large grebe with a crest. A Great-crested Grebe would mean a grebe of any size with a large crest. A Great Crested-grebe would mean a large species of a distinctive group of grebes, all with crests. Hope this helps.

    over 3 years ago

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    Rachel Berquist joined the community "EOL Curators".

    over 3 years ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "EOL Curators":

    Calling ecologists and conservation biologists with a little time and expertise to spare: our colleagues at the Encyclopedia of Earth are looking for a few good editors. The Encyclopedia of Earth is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. It was an important contributor of material for EOL's new Topics in Biodiversity articles. If you can review articles on broad topics in ecology, conservation biology or environmental science, please register with them as a topic editor. Your work on EoE may also be re-purposed on EOL and other open access venues. Thanks!

    over 3 years ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Deniz Martinez: A "change image type to map" tool is on our list of features to develop in the future. For now, there's a collection for images that need to be moved to the maps tab. I have made both of you managers of that collection, so you can add images that need to be retagged.

    over 3 years ago

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    Katerina Tvardikova commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Deniz Martinez: Hi, I have the same problem, as I have a mpa of distribution for all birds. I only changed description, and left in in pictures with comment. However, I am not sure whether it is okay.

    over 3 years ago

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    Deniz Martinez commented on "EOL Curators":

    What (if anything) should be done with maps that are in the images section? I have run into lot of these. Is there a way to move them to the maps tab, or should a comment be left, or anything at all? Thanks!

    over 3 years ago

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    David Eickhoff commented on an older version of Fiji Fan Palm {Pritchardia Pacifica}:

    Hi Drew, This is not Pritchardia pacifica. The flower stalks never exceed the leaf blades and in fact are short. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dweickhoff/8390104809/ This genus can be quite confusing. Your photo does resembles P. kaalae in some ways, but doubt this is it. Likely it is Pritchardia thurstonii or a hybrid Pritchardia. There are other species in this area. Compare P. pacifica with P. thurstonii http://www.flickr.com/photos/dweickhoff/8390100169/ Aloha, Dave

    over 3 years ago • edited: over 3 years ago

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