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

Wolfgang Wuster w.wuster at bangor.ac.uk
Wed Oct 2 02:10:58 CDT 2013

From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> on behalf of Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
Sent: 02 October 2013 03:47
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] When electing a neotype, how to define the other gender

>> There are, in fact, people unscrupulous enough to destroy
holotypes in order to replace them with specimens of their own, and
others who spend their entire careers searching for unreplaced homonyms
so they can become authors of replacement names, so I'm willing to bet
that there are others who will happily replace neotypes if they are in a
position to do so and the Code allows it.

Wouldn't there be a case then for inserting a clause into a future edition of the Code that stipulates that any neotype replacement also needs to be justified fully and should only be done "when there is an exceptional need and only when that need is stated expressly and when the designation is published with the following particulars....", as for the original designation of a neotype?

Clearly a modicum of common sense would avoid any issues over this, but common sense is (hopefully...) common but by no means universal.


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