Talk:Biota (ecology)

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Should this include the other grouping like fungi, bacteria, viruses which are not technically plants or animals? --Salix alba (talk) 11:24, 13 April 2006 (UTC)

Yeah. My guess is that whoever wrote the article was accustomed to the obsolete division of all life into Plantae and Animalia, and thought their wording would actually clearly be inclusive of all organisms. Ventifact 23:31, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Merger from biota (taxonomy)[edit]

As far as I can see the two concepts are basically the same, except that one is (trying to be) a formalised taxon. Biota is (are?) biota, whether treated as a taxon or otherwise. I thought the possibility of "biota" being a taxon could probably be covered in a sentence or two here, rather than having an article of its own. --Stemonitis 15:03, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

  • Support merge. --Salix alba (talk) 17:36, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • Object to merge. Biota (ecology) is a concrete group of organisms that are known to (have) live(d) together; biota (taxonomy) is an abstract group of organisms that are thought to be related in a genealogical sense. These two meanings should not be conflated; to suggest that they are facets of the same concept would be positively misleading. --User:peftypefty (talk) 12:49, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

Since discussion seems to have died, I have removed the merge tags for now. Quarl (talk) 2007-02-26 02:59Z