rankless

rankless

(ˈræŋklɪs)
adj
without a rank or ranks
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We list 129 associations (including 15 rankless plant communities) classified into 10 classes, 12 orders (1 new), and 34 alliances (12 new).
"Key to our success was establishing command emphasis with brigade commanders to provide three uninterrupted and focused days of training enabling the opportunity to connect our intelligence community across [Fort Riley] and discuss trouble areas, TTPs and lessons learned in a near rankless environment.
"Key to our success was establishing command emphasis with BDE Commanders to provide three, uninterrupted and focused days of training enabling the opportunity to connect our intelligence community across [Fort Riley, Kansas] and discuss trouble areas, TTPs and lessons learned in a near rankless environment.
(25) One that does not refer to sex is Faulkner's reference to the uniform of a WPA school crossing guard: "And even then he did not enter but stood instead in the opening with on his head a cheap white bellows-topped peaked cap with a yellow band--the solitary insigne of a rankless WPA school crossing guard--and his heart cold and still with a grief and despair that was almost peaceful" (WP 185).
Ereshefsky (2001) asserts that our current system of nome nclature represents the "Linnaean system" and that, in order to bring nomenclature into a "post-Linnaean" era, taxonomists need to adopt a new system, such as the rankless system he proposes.
Advocates of rankless classification have argued that taxonomists need to free themselves from the Linnaean hierarchy (Donoghue, in Pennisi, 1996).
Another advantage cited by advocates of rankless nomenclature is that taxonomists do not have the problem of having to create excessive number of ranks when constructing a complete phylogenetic classification for a group.
Under a rankless system of nomenclature, in which a binomial effectively functions as a uninominal, the taxonomist could not correct this matter.
A completely rankless system would result in names being meaningless for the purposes of verbal or written communication.
Information on hierarchical relationships which are implicit in the Linnaean system would be lost in the rankless nomenclature of the proposed PhyloCode (Dominguez & Wheeler, 1997; Schuh, 2000).
In contrast, in so-called phylogenetic rankless classifications no indication of relationships of taxa is communicated by the names at all.
Because, of course, not all clades are named, either in current taxonomy or in the draft PhyloCode (Article 2), perhaps widespread adoption of this as an informal (even rankless) category would be a sufficient and harmless sop for those who are too busy discovering clades to bother with naming them according to current nomenclatural rules.