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

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Tue Oct 1 07:46:37 CDT 2013

From: "Paul Kirk" <P.Kirk at kew.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 11:24 AM

> and if the holotype, lectotype or neotype exists but is not 'usable', an 
> epitype can be designated - great for all those names from the 19th 
> century with one line diagnoses and no extractable DNA (using current 
> technology) but nonetheless names in everyday use so worth saving for 
> users of names outside taxonomy :-)

In a discussion on name-bearing (nomenclatural) types and terms 
including the word element "-type" this raises the question of where
to assign the epitype. It is not a nomenclatural type (see Art. 8.1) 
but it does help fixate the name of the taxon, so what is it? Should 
it be assigned to a third category, all its own?


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