Dr. Joseph E. Laferriere joseph at IRIS.CEAMISH.UAEM.MX
Wed May 21 08:54:45 CDT 1997

One thing many people seem to neglect is the fact that different people in
different fields have different needs and different priorties. People
doing local biodiversity stuidies need to use different methods than
systematists doing cladistics or DNA sequencing. For them to have to slow
their work down to compare the morphospecies of their area with published
descriptions of formal taxa or morphospecies from other communities would
likely comprimise their objectives. I do feel, however, that they do have
the responsibility to make good specimens with good labels,
cross-referencing their morphospecies with the specimens so that
systematists can later do the comparative work and assign formal names.
Ideally, this should be done before anything is published, but with the
appalling lack of funding for and lack of interest in the training of new
systematists (at least in northern countries) this may not always be

Joseph E. Laferriere
HUMO Herbarium
Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

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