termites at USP.BR
Thu May 14 20:00:53 CDT 1998
Ok, thank you very much for your comments.
A type is a name-bearing standard. So the problem has two
components: the name and the name-bearer.
Like Rod put it, the name may stay, but the name-bearer may fade
away whether we want it or not.
Probably the decay-rates differ from group to group. There may be
groups with name-bearers which last for centuries and other groups
with name-bearers which are very short-lived.
Anyone knows any publication which covers the whole spectrum of
Another problem are ongoing evolutionary rates which may displace
the actual species from the name which was given to the name-bearer
a long time ago.
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