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Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:58:51 +0000 Domestic Duck (Variety Anas platyrhynchos domesticus) fogartyf

May I suggest changing the common name of this taxon in English to 'Domestic Mallard'? I think Domestic Duck is confusing because at least one other duck species is also domesticated and many others are kept in captivity.


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I guess this is a matter of opinion, but I would argue that changing the default name to "Domestic Mallard" would make it harder for people not familiar with taxonomy to accurately ID their observations. Besides, the vast majority of domesticated ducks descend from mallards anyways.

Posted by bobby23 over 1 year ago (Flag)

Irrespective of how many ducks are domesticated, the name Domestic Duck applies to this taxon. Changing it for whatsoever reason will result in confusion and the incorrect identification of the species.
Common names are not for people to decide by logic or argument: they are the names in use and being used by ordinary people. What gives anyone the right to tell them that they are wrong in the name they have used for years?

Posted by tonyrebelo 6 months ago (Flag)

Perhaps mark as resolved: this has not moved for a year and is clearly not a priority or a popular suggestion.

Posted by tonyrebelo 6 months ago (Flag)

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