[Taxacom] De-extinction & Rhachistia aldabrae

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 13:53:29 CDT 2014


Steven,

I would be interested to know where you tried to publish, and also I would
be interested to read your manuscript if I may.

John Grehan

On Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
wrote:

> Yes, I have a vaguely similar case from N.Z., where a new species of
> beetle (medium sized and flightless) has just been described on the
> flimsiest of evidence (and I have some definite, but inconclusive, evidence
> against it being a new species), claimed to be restricted to one tiny
> location and sparse even there. My attempts to publish a short note to flag
> the issue hit a brick wall. My note was rejected as being "purely negative"
> and "contributing nothing". Well, given that conservation resources are
> limited, and that there is a pot of money for research in such species of
> potential conservation concern, I would say that it is very important to
> point out the flaws in relevant published taxonomy. Without such scrutiny,
> taxonomists could manufacture "new species" just to get hold of said
> conservation funding. My evidence against this beetle means that there is
> no way to recognise it (either morphologically or geographically), which
> makes the assessment of
>  its conservation status a bit tricky!
>
> Stephen
>
> --------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 16/10/14, Geoff Read <gread at actrix.gen.nz> wrote:
>
>  Subject: [Taxacom] De-extinction & Rhachistia aldabrae
>  To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
>  Received: Thursday, 16 October, 2014, 1:34 PM
>
>  A cautionary tale if your study
>  critters are a little on the small side.
>
>  http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/10/10/20140771
>
> http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41223/title/Snail-Revival-Raises-Peer-Review-Debate/
>
>
>  Geoff
>  --
>  Geoffrey B. Read, Ph.D.
>  Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
>  gread at actrix.gen.nz
>
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