[Taxacom] When electing a neotype, how to define the other gender

Wolfgang Wuster w.wuster at bangor.ac.uk
Tue Oct 1 04:40:37 CDT 2013

The suggestion that "Genbank sequence = no need for a neotype" is not necessarily quite so straightforward. For instance, if the only available sequences are mitochondrial (as is often the case), but there is a possibility of intergrades/hybrids, then the designation of a neotype may well be required to establish the status of the taxon. Clearly this will depend on the individual situation and the nature of the available data - in some cases, I am sure a GenBank sequence will suffice, but not always.



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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] When electing a neotype, how to define the other gender

Anyway I had a question that follows on from Doug's point on Neotypes and
modern DNA techniques. Hypothetically, if a recently described species has
a holotype that had been sequenced and this sequence is now on GenBank or
something and that type is subsequently lost wouldn't it be the case that
it is unlikely a neotype could be justified since its sequence would still
survive and could be compared to other specimens if needed. Although the
specimen would be physically lost I would think that under these
circumstances that sequence data would be enough to avoid taxonomic
confusion hence the application of names would still be fairly clear?

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