[Taxacom] Sinoniscus Liu and Wang

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Fri Sep 28 00:44:34 CDT 2012

That 2002 reference is on BHL, by the way ... the PDF url is http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/pdf3/005949600040634.pdf

From: Geoff Read <gread at actrix.gen.nz>
To: "taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Friday, 28 September 2012 5:32 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Sinoniscus Liu and Wang

An alternative. In the paleobiology database http://paleodb.org/  Sepkoski
is stated to have assigned Sinoniscus to Palaeonisciformes. Checking and
citing that as Liu and Wang (1979) fide Sepkoski would probably suffice to
establish it exists in taxonomic printed literature, & independent of
online databases. Also it would be a source other people could more easily
check if interested.

J. J. Sepkoski. 2002. A compendium of fossil marine animal genera.
Bulletins of American Paleontology 363:1-560 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy/M.


On Fri, September 28, 2012 3:17 pm, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> Neal,
> I'm not trying to give Stefano any grief! I'm just saying that we have to
> be realistic. The fossil fish wasn't described in a "paper" ("danged" or
> otherwise!) - it was described in Chinese in a book (=bulletin=memoir). It
> will probably be very difficult or even impossible for Stefano to get hold
> of it, or understand it if he does manage to get hold of it (assuming that
> he probably isn't fluent in Chinese!) But, there is no real need.
> Zoological record have recorded it, so it exists with the relevant
> details. There is very little that could make a new genus described in
> 1978 an unavailable name, so the default assumption in this case is that
> it is indeed an available name. With so much to do in terms of describing
> biodiversity (how is the N.Z. revision progressing Stefano?), it is
> utterly pointless, IMHO, to worry *too much* about this detail ...
> Cheers,
> Stephen


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