[Taxacom] Data query

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sun Jun 23 17:17:31 CDT 2013

Dear Frank,
I am deeply embarrassed by the lack of information on Wikispecies about Temnorhynchus sjoestedti. Accordingly, I have now made a solid improvement, see: http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Temnorhynchus_sjoestedti This illustrates how rapidly Wikispecies can respond to end user needs, and I challenge other biodiversity sites to make similar improvements! I note that ION has no record of this species (i.e. no recent publications), and BHL bibliography turns up a blank. It was quite hard to track down a citation to the original description ...

From: "Frank.Krell at dmns.org" <Frank.Krell at dmns.org>
To: dpwijesinghe at yahoo.com; taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu 
Sent: Monday, 24 June 2013 2:43 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Data query

"I for one fail to see the point of 'mega-projects' using copied, re-copied and 'machine-read' data."

particularly since they still make data retrieval pretty frustrating. I just googled the rhinoceros beetle Temnorhynchus sjoestedti. Apart from some of my own papers, the search revealed 15 pages repeating zero information. Well, I know now that it belongs to Protostomia and Insecta, and that it is a dynastine. This kind of outcome is the same for most species in the world, and has remained largely unchanged for years, apart from the fact that the number of pages revealing this information has increased. Reality can be frustrating.


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