On line specimen images

Jean-Michel MAES jmmaes at IBW.COM.NI
Mon Nov 27 19:11:15 CST 2000

Dear Thomas Lammers,

I think few people think on the case of poor countries with unreliable mail
I ask once for a couple of type of Lucanidae from California Academy of
Sciences. After asking 10 times, they finally send me the types. The package
go to Laos, then to Nicaragua. The package reach me completely crushed and
the specimens were badly damaged.
Many museum does not want to send specimens to tropical countries. Risks are
too bigs.
I think in case of many big beetles, and in case of butterflies and many
moths, good quality pictures could be a good solution to avoid sending
I think that collections of Linnaeus, Fabricius, Hopa, Westwood, Say, if
exists, could be put online. It would be an exceptional profit for many of
us with no money to travel to a lot of museum. The travel expenses permit
some of us in Latin America, to go each year to one place (sometimes each
two or 3 years), so most of the times Smithsonian, London, International
Congress of Entomology, no more. No money to go to 20 or 30 museums to see
the material...


Jean-Michel MAES
AP 527
tel 505-3116586
jmmaes at ibw.com.ni
----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Lammers <lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU>
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2000 7:41 AM
Subject: Re: On line specimen images

> At 09:00 AM 11/22/00 -0600, you wrote:
> >1.  Are there cases in which viewing an on line image would eliminate
> >the need for borrowing the material?  Are the resolution and
> >magnification of current images on line adequate?
> >2.  How useful are images of types?  Is the resolution of the images
> >provided by sites that currently offer photos of type specimens
> >adequate?  Is the ability to zoom in on parts critical for
> >identification (such as the floral parts in angiosperms) needed?
> In botany, images *can* be very helpful.  The fact that IDC sold so many
> sets of microfiche depicting historically important herbaria is evidence
> enough of this.  That is not to say that every question will be answerable
> from an image, but many routine ones definitely will.  Many times, it is
> not even the plant that must be seen; it is often useful just to see the
> original written label (vs. the databased transcription) to answer certain
> questions.
> As for close ups, the best are those of features emphasized in the
> description, e.g., if this species was distinguished from congeners by its
> pubescence, a closeup of hairs would be logical.
> Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
> Department of Biology and Microbiology
> University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
> Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA
> e-mail:       lammers at uwosh.edu
> phone:      920-424-7085
> fax:           920-424-1101
> Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
> biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> "Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that stood his ground."
>                                                  -- Anonymous

More information about the Taxacom mailing list