photographs as vouchers, drawings, descriptions
sshelton at SDNHM.ORG
Mon Mar 9 09:04:56 CST 1998
The following questions were sent to me by an associate and supporter of the
museum here, who is preparing a talk on the history of scientific collecting
and collerctoras. I would appreciate any comments you may have, as well.
Please reply directly to me (unless the list is interested). I can answer
some of her questions for some fields, but would like to get answers across
the systematics spectrum. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!
Cheers, Sally Shelton
>Are photographs sometimes accepted now as vouchers? Under what conditions?
>When a specimen is rare and endangered, is it still collected? Or is that
>when a photo might be allowed? I
>Is there a universally accepted standard for not causing further damage to
>a population or species? If not, is there one within your museum?
>Do you know under what conditions a painting was accepted as a type during
>early expeditions? I looked up Fritillaria biflora on MOBOT's TROPICOS. It
>appears the type is a drawing done during Sesse & Mocino's expedition in
>What about descriptions from the early expeditions when there wasn't a
>surviving collection? Were species named based on descriptions only?
<center><bold>Sally Y. Shelton
</bold><smaller>Director, Collections Care and Conservation
San Diego Natural History Museum, P. O. Box 1390
San Diego, CA 92112
phone (619) 232-3821, x226; FAX (619) 232-0248; <<sshelton at sdnhm.org>
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