[Taxacom] holotype for sale

Samyn yves.samyn at naturalsciences.be
Wed Sep 12 02:55:12 CDT 2007


Actually, the ICZN states something similar...

16.4.2. where the holotype or syntypes are extant specimens, by a 
statement of intent that they will be (or are) deposited in a collection 
and a statement indicating the name and location of that collection (see 
Recommendation 16C).

Although the specification on what makes an 'appropriate collection' is 
defined only in the recommendations as can be found in:

Recommendation 16C. Preservation and deposition of type specimens. 
Recognizing that name-bearing types are international standards of 
reference (see Article 72.10) authors should deposit type specimens in 
an institution that maintains a research collection, with proper 
facilities for preserving them and making them accessible for study 
(i.e. one which meets the criteria in Recommendation 72F).


Recommendation 72F. Institutional responsibility. Every institution in 
which name-bearing types are deposited should

72F.1 ensure that all are clearly marked so that they will be 
unmistakably recognized as name-bearing types;
72F.2 take all necessary steps for their safe preservation;
72F.3 make them accessible for study;
72F.4 publish lists of name-bearing types in its possession or custody; and
72F.5 so far as possible, communicate information concerning 
name-bearing types when requested.

A 'code of conduct' for taxonomists that need to decide what to do with 
the types of the nomina they've established would thus be nice.

kind regards,

Paul van Rijckevorsel wrote:
> From: "Yves Samyn" <yves.samyn at naturalsciences.be>
> - codes of nomenclature do not mind on where exactly types are
> deposited; as long as they are accessible to the (scientific) public
> for further study.
> ***
> The botanical Code does not require even that: it is a recommendation only
> (Rec. 7A).
> For recent names there is a requirement to specify where the type is
> conserved (Art 37.7; was St. Louis 37.6):
> 37.7.  For the name of a new species or infraspecific taxon published on or
> after 1 January 1990 of which the type is a specimen or unpublished illus-
> tration, the single herbarium or collection or institution in which the type
> is conserved must be specified.
> So, that leaves the question if the
> "Ron Buckley amber collection, Florence, Kentucky" can be considered
> "the single ... collection ... in which the type is conserved"
> Paul
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