regarding definitive specimens

Bill Shear wshear at EMAIL.HSC.EDU
Mon Apr 29 09:06:21 CDT 2002


On 4/27/02 8:20 PM, "Doyle Chadwick" <YodaVater at AOL.COM> wrote:

> I have a question about basic procedure regarding the description of
> species. I've always assumed that only mature (definitive, as opposed to
> immature) specimens were used as type species specimens, but I can't find a
> written reference to that principle.  I realize this is rather arcane, but
> it's something I need for a discussion group.   Thanks.
>
There is no ICZN requirement that specimens used as holotypes be sexually
mature.

Bill Shear




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