[Taxacom] New species descriptions based on only 1 specimen

Steve Lingafelter steve.lingafelter at ars.usda.gov
Tue Sep 30 14:17:15 CDT 2008

Hi Taxacomers,
I realize this is a tired debate, but nevertheless...

I'm interested in some current opinions.  I am at the final stages of data
collection for a field guide to Dominican Republic Cerambycidae...however,
I've got a handful of very charismatic new species which are sadly, after 10
expeditions (4 by our group; several by Carnegie Museum and Harvard),
represented by only 1 specimen each.

I want to describe them and have them available for the field guide but I
realize this is not an ideal situation (and I believe not accepted by some
journals).  Am I making a mountain out of a mole-hill, and should I just
describe the darned things?

What would you do?

Thanks for your thoughts,
Steven W. Lingafelter, Ph. D.
Systematic Entomology Lab, PSI, ARS, USDA
National Museum of Natural History, MRC-168
P O Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
U. S. A.

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