designating a photo as holotype?

Barry M. OConnor bmoc at UMICH.EDU
Fri Nov 7 16:06:48 CST 1997

At 5:13 PM 11/7/97, Doug Yanega wrote:
 So, if
>the specimen in the present case had been completely destroyed, it would
>still be the holotype, if I used its photo as the basis for the
>description, and someone down the road could therefore only designate a
>*lectotype* to replace the missing holotype. Okay. Pardon my confusion, and
Actually, in Zoology, if the original holotype (minus head) is completely
destroyed or lost, a revisor would designate a "Neotype," not a lectotype.
Lectotypes are those designated by a revisor from an original "Syntype" or
"Co-type" series where the original author did not choose one as holotype.

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