[Taxacom] the hurdle for all biodiv informatics initiatives

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Wed Feb 24 00:02:52 CST 2010

> Well, actually, I'd like to see them spending more of their 
> (paid) time DOING TAXONOMY, 

Agreed!  But part of "doing taxonomy" is spending time in the field.
Because I wasn't in the lab this morning doing the other part of taxonomy, I
wasn't in as good a position to make a smarmy post about that part of doing

> which may or may not involve the 
> field (there are plenty of undescribed taxa already in 
> collections ...)

Of course, there are vastly MORE undescribed taxa in the field than there
are in collections, and one might make the reasonable predicition that a
higher percentaage of the undescribed taxa in collections will still be
available for examination a hundred years from now; compared with the
undescribed taxa in the field.


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