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

Paul Kirk P.Kirk at kew.org
Tue Oct 1 08:06:43 CDT 2013

It, the epitype, already has a category and that category is the category of 'Interpretive type', as stated in Art. 9.8; it is another type of type used in the type method which is the determination of the application of names of taxa by means of nomenclatural types. :-)


From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Paul van Rijckevorsel [dipteryx at freeler.nl]
Sent: 01 October 2013 13:46
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] When electing a neotype, how to define the other gender

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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