Batrachology: The Study of Amphibians
The petition is located at the bottom of this page.
Batrachology is the study of amphibians. Most people use the term "herpetology", but this term in its current usage signifies the study of amphibians and/or reptiles, two groups wth extremely different evolutionary and life histories. Evolutionary biologists all agree that taxonomy should reflect natural groups (i.e. monophyletic clades), and thus the current polyphyletic concept of herpetology is incorrect and should be refined. Furthermore, amphibians are rapidly declining in numbers and there is a great need to increase the number of people in the world who study them. The continued use of the word herpetology, the pronunciation of which connotes an unwanted sexually transmitted disease, lessens the chances of recruiting young scientists into professions related to amphibian conservation.
As such, we request you sign the petition below, and phase out future usage of the prefix "herpeto" when you are not referring to reptiles. With support from the batrachological community, this change in nomenclature can be implemented with as much ease and rapidity as have any of the changes in species names that have taken place in recent years.
You can learn more about the term batrachology, why it is important to sign this petition, and the origins of this initiative, at:
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|Number||Date||Name||Organization||Location||You may enter a comment here, and it will be added to the petition.|
|99||April 02, 2013||Harry Adams||, , GB|
|98||March 25, 2013||Sean Millar||Los Angeles, CA, US|
|97||March 12, 2013||Heidi Rockney||Seattle, WA, US|
|96||March 09, 2013||Choti Singh||Longmont, CO, US|
|95||January 17, 2013||David Mikesell||Help the homeless||, IN, US|
|94||December 14, 2012||mckenzie miller||dawson, PA, US|
|93||November 13, 2012||Stephanie Helms||Atlanta, GA, US|
|92||November 12, 2012||Muhammad Ageng Prabowo||, , ID|
|91||August 25, 2012||Sarah Scheldt||Houston, TX, US||As an amateur batrachologist and owner of four sweet pet salamanders, I heartily endorse any effort toward amphibian conservation!|
|90||August 15, 2012||Jaclynn Wilkie||Dallas, TX, US|
|89||April 28, 2012||Vance Mullis||, GA, US||I find amphibians and reptiles have relatively little in common, and the terminology used to denote the study of the two groups should better appreciate that.|
|88||March 26, 2012||Gregor Jongsma||Nature Trust of New Brunswick||Fredericton, NB, CA|
|87||March 26, 2012||David Flack||, AU|
|86||February 02, 2012||Alyson Hinton||, WA, US|
|85||January 24, 2012||Britt Du Fournet||NearFM||Dublin, , Ireland|
|84||January 02, 2012||Natalie Flores||Sacramento, CA, US||I go to California State University of Sacramento and I want nothing more than to become a Batrachologist.
|83||November 13, 2011||Jordan Hiemstra||Aylmer, ON, CA|
|82||October 03, 2011||Kevin Kalalay||, MI, US|
|81||September 30, 2011||Thomas Walker, Jr||Sticky Frog||Lansford, PA, USA||I appreciate your time in this matter and look forward to further correspondence.|
|80||September 06, 2011||dwayne hamill||, , CA|
|79||August 29, 2011||Danik Dozet||plantagenet, ON, CA|
|78||August 21, 2011||Lee Fraser||, BC, CA|
|77||August 21, 2011||Pete Sklenar||, , CA|
|76||August 20, 2011||Hamill Leah||Kamloops, BC, Canada|
|75||June 26, 2011||Nichole Ciotola||, , US|