please help me locate a mess

Nico Mario Franz nmf2 at CORNELL.EDU
Fri Nov 12 13:38:57 CST 2004

Dear Taxacomers:

   I am looking for a (retrospectively) well-documented case where an
original publication made reference (e.g. when describing a species) to
a longer SERIES of type specimens (holo-/para-...). Then subsequently
that series got "split up" by someone such that one part of the
original series (holotype and perceived conspecifics) retained the same
name, whereas other parts now carry different species- or even generic
names. In botany I suppose this is quite common, with series of
herbarium sheets circulating among various collections and specialists.

   A "popular example" would be a bonus, but I am really interested in a
published and transparent summary of the different
nomenclatural/taxonomic fates of type specimen series that once were
thought to belong together. The longer and more complex the lineage of
name changes, the better (no, this example won't be used to promote the
"gentle nomenclatural revolution").

Many thanks,

Nico Franz
(nmf2 at

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