[Taxacom] loooongest species description?

Andy Deans andy_deans at ncsu.edu
Thu Feb 24 10:14:31 CST 2011

Hi all,

What are your candidates for the longest species description? I'm especially interested in descriptions that have the highest number of *anatomical attributes* described, as opposed to behavioral, ecological, or other characters. Any thoughts? 

My quick and dirty examination of recent Hymenoptera descriptions yields an average of 42 or so morphological characters per description. For the purposes of this exercise I am lumping the diagnosis and description together. Anyone know of a description that is hundreds of characters long and takes up dozens of pages?

It'd would be fun to see it!
Just curious,

Andrew R. Deans
Department of Entomology
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7613
2301 Gardner Hall
Raleigh, NC USA 27695-7613

phone: +1 (919) 515-2833
fax: +1 (919) 515-7746
skype: ardeans

More information about the Taxacom mailing list