[Taxacom] ICZN query

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Mon Dec 16 17:35:48 CST 2013


I understand with fossils that it is often the case that only one
particular bone fragment might be the holotype - which is just as well if
the 'whole' actually represents more than one taxon.

John Grehan


On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM, Stephen Thorpe
<stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>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
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au>
> To: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Sent: Monday, 16 December 2013 7:33 PM
> Subject: [Taxacom] ICZN query
>
>
> 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?
> --
> 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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