code compliance (was: TurboTaxonomy?)

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at FREELER.NL
Wed Aug 25 16:20:35 CDT 2004

From: John Grehan <jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG>
> I learned that in two instances the discoverers of holotype
material were denying access to individuals who are seen to hold a
different view about the significance or that material.

I understand (and perhaps someone could verify) that access to holotypes is
required under taxonomic Codes.

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Under the ICBN the granting of access is not a requirement for a name to be
validly published. All the ICBN includes is a Recommendation:

Recommendation 7A

7A.1. It is strongly recommended that the material on which the name of a
taxon is based, especially the holotype, be deposited in a public herbarium
or other public collection with a policy of giving bona fide botanists open
access to deposited material, and that it be scrupulously conserved.

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