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

Scott Thomson scott.thomson321 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 28 14:12:51 CDT 2013

Yes the point I did not make that Doug did I would certainly agree with. I
would also suggest making sure that neotype was properly declared and is
therefore usable. You cannot just set one for the sake of having it, there
are strict conditions on the allocation of a neotype.

Cheers, Scott

On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:

> On 9/28/13 11:28 AM, Stuart Longhorn wrote:
> > I'm just reviewing a study where the original single male type is lost.
> > >From other museum material (collected elsewhere later than the original
> male) they elect another male specimen as neotype. Then from an even later
> female specimen (again collected elsewhere), they elect a female as
> paratype.
> > First, i think this usage of paratype is wrong, do you agree?Second, I
> think the female could correctly be referred to as allotype - but is that
> correct?Or does an allotype have to be part of the original type series
> (e.g. an actual paratype).
> > If the female is neither a paratype or allotype, is there no concise
> term to refer to the first described female?[i accept that often it is
> insecure that the female actually matches the male, though here it is
> certain]
> (1) Paratypes are any indicated specimens from an original type series
> other than the holotype. Since there is no type series for this taxon,
> it is impossible for there to be any paratypes. The ICZN does not
> formally recognize "allotypes" - they are simply a paratype that happens
> to be of the opposite sex of the holotype, with no status different from
> any other paratype.
> (2) Please review the Code Art. 75.3 to see that ALL of the necessary
> conditions for neotype designation have been met. If the authors
> couldn't even figure out what a paratype is, I would not trust them to
> have ever read the Code, therefore making it unlikely they have
> fulfilled all the necessary criteria.
> Sincerely,
> --
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