[Taxacom] Rotifer World Catalog online

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Tue Aug 20 21:24:48 CDT 2013

Changing the topic slightly (but only slightly), have people read this yet? 
Costello, M.J.; Zhang, Z.-Q. et al. 2013: Biodiversity data should be published, cited, and peer reviewed. Trends in ecology & evolution, 28(8): 454-461. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2013.05.002
I agree that data is important, but disagree with most of the rest of what the article lobbies for. And it makes no mention of Pensoft's exciting new Biodiversity Data Journal (first issue due to be published at the beginning of next month) ...

From: Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au>
To: Christian.Jersabek at sbg.ac.at 
Cc: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Wednesday, 21 August 2013 2:12 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Rotifer World Catalog online

Congratulations to Christian and Martin for their hard work in putting this together, it looks great. It's especially cheering to read this on the website:

"The Catalog relies predominantly on verified (expert validation) and verifiable (via referencing) species records. Doubtful records and misidentifications are corrected, or, if uncontrollable, discarded to unburden rotiferology of records which currently hamper taxonomic analyses and obscure distribution and habitat preference patterns."

I confess to a fondness for rotifers. Forty years ago I did a biochemistry postdoc in which I tried to mass-rear a particular parthenogenetic species in vats as food for minute predatory fish. It worked until a huge spiny amoeba species invaded the test vat and ate the rotifers. Before that happened I got mass doubling times for the rotifers of just under 24 hours - not bad for a metazoan.
Dr Robert Mesibov
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania
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