A Question

Robin Leech robinl at NAIT.AB.CA
Thu May 29 13:14:14 CDT 1997


Hi Taxacomers,

The situation below is scary to me.

Robin Leech

On Thu, 29 May 1997, Barry M. OConnor wrote:

> At 11:51 AM 5/29/97, Andrey Sharkov wrote:
>
> >As to the second part of your question, there can be other situations when a
> >published illustration of an undescribed taxon may exist.
>
> One situation which is problematic, but legal under the ICZN, is to name a
> new species on the basis of one of those illustrations of an undescribed
> taxon.  A while back, an acarologist named some of the mites illustrated in
> Krantz's Manual of Acarology as new species, simply reprinting Krantz's
> figures (he did, by the way, name several of them "krantzi").  When asked,
> he indicated that the holotypes were the specimens originally seen by
> Krantz, although the describing author never saw them.
>
> Barry M. OConnor                phone: (313) 763-4354
> Museum of Zoology               FAX: (313) 763-4080
> University of Michigan          e-mail: bmoc at umich.edu
> Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079  USA
>




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