specimens examined lists, again

Robin Panza panzar at CLPGH.ORG
Thu Aug 3 09:24:24 CDT 1995

Gary Noonan pointed out that, for entomologists, listing can be impractical
because of the lack of individual ID numbers on so many specimens.  Perhaps he
and other entomologists could follow the practice I've seen in ornithological
papers, of listing localities and quantities, rather than individual specimen
ID numbers.  eg:  COLUMBIA:  Sautata, 3m/3f; Jaraquiel, 1m/5f.  PANAMA:
Darien, 4m/5f/3?.

Certainly, it would be nice to have in hand the ID numbers to be able to
request the same individuals for another study, but, as Noonan has pointed out,
that can be impractical, from his standpoint as well as the amount of space (on
paper or electronically) and time (to type up, in either medium).  At least,
using the above notation, others can judge (a) whether your sample sizes are
believable, and (b) whether the geographic distribution of samples is
believable.  With the above information, I can always write to the author and
ask for more information about some of the specimens, if I want to examine

Robin Panza                       panzar at clp2.clpgh.org
Section of Birds
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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