Bad Examples

Robin Leech robinl at NAIT.AB.CA
Wed Oct 11 08:51:41 CDT 1995

Well, Judith, you do not have to look very far.  Look in Linnaeus' 1758
Systema Naturae.  You will find short, sometimes less than one line
descriptions such as (translated from Latin, of course) "small, brown
with two markings on wings".

Robin Leech
(Edmonton, Alberta)

On Wed, 11 Oct 1995, Judith E. Winston wrote:

> The thread on keys has been most entertaining.  I have another
> request for bad examples ---I'd like to be able to give
> students some really outrageously bad examples of species
> description, as for example when someone described the
> pedicellaria of an echinoid as a new hydroid species.  Now my
> colleagues can call tell me of bad examples in their field, but
> I don't want to use any that impugn the reputations of the
> living.  I'd rather use published examples from the past?  Can
> you think of any such "good" bad examples?  Thanks, Judy Winston
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