[Taxacom] Type specimen

Pierre Deleporte pierre.deleporte at univ-rennes1.fr
Sat May 18 12:24:16 CDT 2013

I humbly volunteer for being myself the whatever-type
for any possible taxonomic use
...in a little while of course,
and universally accessible as a spoonfull of ashes
dispersed in a trout stream close to my home

I suspect that there is much "non-dit" ('left unsaid') in this debate,
our own species being a very special case -
what choice could be made if we had to decide right now,
in our narrowing but diverse "planetary village", for "the" unique type 
for humankind?
Or how long the series of "sufficiently representative paratypes"?...

I can't help considering that the choice of Linnaeus
can conveniently pass as "politically correct" (and the author will not 
rather than fitting any code rules or biological reasons.

my grano salis


Le 18/05/2013 18:45, Adam Cotton a écrit :
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Grehan" <calabar.john at gmail.com>
> To: "Francisco Welter-Schultes" <fwelter at gwdg.de>
> Cc: "taxacom" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Sent: Saturday, May 18, 2013 11:20 PM
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Type specimen
> Interesting! I will have to dig into my files for where I developed a
> different impression. Accessibility to other researchers would seem to be a
> prime requisite because without such access types no longer operate or
> exist as scientific objects.
> John Grehan
> This provision in the Code is only a recommendation rather than a binding
> article. Types are recommended to be deposited in institutional
> repositories, but there is no requirement that this should be the case.
> It is only in the current Code that there is a requirement (article 16.4.1)
> for types to be designated, whether syntypes or a holotype and paratypes,
> and (article 16.4.2) "where the holotype or syntypes are extant specimens,
> by a statement of intent that they will be (or are) deposited in a
> collection and a statement indicating the name and location of that
> collection", but this can actually be any collection, private or public.
> Recommendation 16C states:
> "Recognizing that name -bearing types are international standards of
> reference (see Article 72.10) authors should deposit type specimens in an
> institution that maintains a research collection, with proper facilities for
> preserving them
> and making them accessible for study (i.e. one which meets the criteria in
> Recommendation 72F)."
> As you can see there is no mandatory clause stating that types MUST be
> placed in scientifically accessible collections.
> Adam.
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