[Taxacom] Type specimen
dochterland at telenet.be
Sat May 18 13:56:33 CDT 2013
Je suis tout à fait d'accord, I totally agree. And the author indeed would not protest. Quite at the contrary, he would find it only straightforward that "the prince of botany" was chosen. Who else, after all?
> 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.
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