Non-type botanical data on Gopher

John_H.Beaman BEAMAN at MSU.EDU
Tue May 31 09:38:00 CDT 1994


        On May 19 Dr. Julian Humphries indicated that he had "not found a
single USA based botanical database with non-type specimen data
available on the net."  Since this knowledgeable zoologist is not aware of
all the Internet botanical resources, it seems possible that some
botanists also may not know about Gopher resources on plants.  Therefore,
I will point out that if Dr. Humphries had checked the Biodiversity and
Biological Collections Gopher (at Harvard), immediately below the
heading for Museum, Herbarium and Arboretum Collection Catalogs
(where his MUSE fish data are located), he would have noted the heading
Biodiversity Information Resources.  The next step down is Floras.  Below
that is Flora of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.  There he would have
found non-type specimen data for much of the flora of Mount Kinabalu
(some of it, unfortunately or fortunately) of rather rare species.  This
database has been on the Gopher since last November, and has been
consulted by a number of botanists.
        Dr. Humphries should have also consulted the paper:  Beach, J. H.,
Ozminski, S. J. and Boufford, D. E. 1993. An Internet botanical specimen
data server. Taxon 42: 627-629.

John H. Beaman
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI  48824, U.S.A.




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