[Taxacom] Type localities, Geo-coding, etc.

Richard Petit r.e.petit at worldnet.att.net
Fri Jan 9 09:25:48 CST 2009

To add to what Christian has already posted, locality was not important to 18th and early 19th century workers. Voyagers, like Belcher, collected wherever they went but did not keep any data and later guessed where they specimens.

Other people sent material from various places to London for description by Gray, Sowerby et al.  Many of these people sent specimens that they had obtained from various places.  

If Linnaeus had known that Cassis madagascariensis is a western Atlantic species it would have a different name!

I don't recall whose posting related to original descriptions, but it is impossible to too strongly stress the necessity of seeing the original description of any taxon before deciding on synonymy or attaching a bar code to a name.  

dick p. 

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