[Taxacom] validation of taxon names
kwalker at museum.vic.gov.au
Sun Feb 19 17:08:42 CST 2012
I can't believe I am tag-teaming with Stephen! (:->!
> but when a biodiversity crisis comes up (think of controlling an invasive species) and the GAAOTR doesn't provide links to enough relevant info, it's back to the specialists, who could have been consulted first, to save time.
When dealing with exotic invasive species, there is a rule: "Rapid recognition of Regulated and Marine Pests is critical to ensure appropriate response strategies are implemented."
Australia has recently suffered 2 major exotic invasive species: Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) and Papaya Fruit fly (Bactrocera papayae) both which have cost millions to eradicate or control.
It wasn't the scientists "who could have been consulted first, to save time" that found either of these species, it was concern citizens and farmers.
" Is that 'we' going to be interested in upgrading the info concerning the other 90+% of the biota in the GAAOTR?"
Our list of dedicated Museum volunteers would say yes.
From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Bob Mesibov
Sent: Monday, 20 February 2012 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] validation of taxon names
Ken Walker wrote:
'Why then are global social science websites such as Project Noah, iNaturalist, iSpot, Mushroom Observer etc so popular, so well used and provide a vehicle for non-specialists to make a contribution to biodiversity and Biosecurity? ... The socialisation of science needs a "Gigantic All-Names All-Species Online Taxonomic Resource (GAAOTR)".'
So one section of the 'we' is citizen scientists making and recording field observations? Excellent. That gives us even more information than we already have about the usual suspects (vertebrates, large and charismatic invertebrates, flowering plants, large fruiting fungi). Is that 'we' going to be interested in upgrading the info concerning the other 90+% of the biota in the GAAOTR?
Stephen Thorpe wrote:
"it is possible to achieve, but the main problem is stopping the proliferation of errors along the acronym food chain ... as I'm sure Bob would agree?... as I said in response to something that Chris Thompson said, I don't think that working specialist taxonomists are necessarily the best people to do this, although they should certainly be consulted along the way ..."
Sorry, I don't agree that the main problem in erecting a GAAOTR is stopping the proliferation of errors. It's adding new taxa, something you've pointed out many times on this list. Working specialist taxonomists are currently the people doing this (although that could change in future). The tweaking of what's already known can be done by non-specialists, sure, but when a biodiversity crisis comes up (think of controlling an invasive species) and the GAAOTR doesn't provide links to enough relevant info, it's back to the specialists, who could have been consulted first, to save time.
Dr Robert Mesibov
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
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