[Taxacom] loooongest species description?

Frank.Krell at dmns.org Frank.Krell at dmns.org
Thu Feb 24 12:08:28 CST 2011


probably not exactly what you are looking for, but the description of the flower chafer Epicometis annabrunae comprises 12 pages:
Crovetti, A. 1973. Risultati delle mission entomologiche dei Proff. G. Giori et E. Mellini nel Nord-Africa. XXVII. Epicometis (Epicometis) annabrunae n. sp. della Libia (Coleoptera Scarabaeidae Cetoniinae). - Atti della Societa Italiana di Science Naturali et del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Milano 114 (3): 330-344.
Might be the longest journal title, too.
The description doesn't contain a record number of characters, but has all the comparisons included in the description. It is still the longest I know.


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Subject: [Taxacom] loooongest species description?

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
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