[Taxacom] ICZN query

Michael A. Ivie mivie at montana.edu
Mon Dec 16 14:55:48 CST 2013

Surely in such a case, responsible curators at the 2 museums would agree 
to reunite this specimen's parts, and it should be either easy to figure 
out who should house it, or flip a coin.  Our community does usually get 
along pretty well.

On 12/16/2013 1:35 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> The Zoological Code is a bit vague on the distinction between specimen and individual, since these things usually coincide. I don't think that Art. 72.5 is about this sort of case. I think it just means that if you only have part of an individual (i.e. an incomplete specimen), then the holotype can be that part. I suspect, however, that you can jump either way and get away with it (i.e. slide only, or both slide and rest of body)
> Stephen
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> From: Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au>
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> A millipede name published in 1924 was based on a single male and a single female specimen, syntypes. I would like to make the male specimen the lectotype and the female the paralectotype.
> The author dissected the male, mounted the diagnostic parts on a slide and deposited the slide in Museum A. The rest of the body was left in alcohol in Museum B.
> My reading of section 72.5 of the Code is that both 'parts' of the one animal are eligible to be name-bearing types, and that the lectotype can be the slide plus the alcohol material. I could state this formally as 'The lectotype consists of slide such-and-such in Museum A and alcohol sample such-and-such from Museum B, being parts of the one type specimen.'
> Can anyone refer me to a similar case?


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