[Taxacom] Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies from Africa

JF Mate aphodiinaemate at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 06:14:11 CST 2015

Of all the criticisms the only one that sticks (slightly) is the choice of
publication, as something like Zookeys would have been better (accessible
with lots of the bells and whistles); although this is understandable
considering the affiliation of one of the authors.

The rest I think are somewhat unfair when you consider that the authors are
doing this pro bono mostly. When your paycheck comes from other quarters,
it is a remarkable and laudable achievement.


On 11/12/2015 8:42 PM, "Roderic Page" <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk> wrote:

> Hi Ellinor,
> While I applaud the effort, and the dragonflies are wonderful, it’s hard
> to applaud the way this paper has been published:
> Does it in an open access journal? No
> Does the article have a DOI so that it can be easily cited? No
> Are the names registered with ZooBank? No
> Are the DNA sequences available in GenBank? No
> Is the data available for downloading? No*
> Has the distributional data been deposited in GBIF? No
> I don’t wish to take away from what has clearly been a lot of work, but
> surely we need to think about the best way to make all this hard work as
> widely accessible as possible? A PDF with wonderful pictures of dragonflies
> and low resolution maps does not represent the best that modern taxonomic
> publishing can offer.
> Regards
> Rod
> * The articles says "A list of collection codes and corresponding BOLD
> numbers can be down- loaded from the journal website (
> http://www.odonatologica.com)” This is not a link to the data, which I
> can’t see anywhere on the web site.
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> On 11 Dec 2015, at 11:14, Ellinor Michel <e.michel at nhm.ac.uk<mailto:
> e.michel at nhm.ac.uk>> wrote:
> [posted on behalf of the primary author, Klaas-Douwe 'KD' B. Dijkstra]
> 'Dear colleagues,
> All awareness, conservation and research of nature starts with the
> question: which species is that? Names introduce species to humanity. It’s
> a biologist’s greatest importance today, but just now nature is under
> historic pressure, such research is getting less support.
> We aim to expose this paradox by naming 60 new dragonflies from Africa,
> increasing the number known by almost 10% at once. All are colourful and
> conspicuous, representing some of the most sensitive and beautiful of all
> biodiversity: freshwater, Earth’s most dense and threatened species
> richness — Africa, the continent that will change most in the 21st century
> — and dragonflies, the insects that may be among the best gauges of global
> change.
> We hope this message will be heard widely, so please share this as you
> wish, e.g. on blogs and to the local media, particularly in Africa itself.
> Press release: https://goo.gl/KGMsyC
> Info and images: https://goo.gl/vRoJSL
> Full publication: www.osmylus.com/index.php/downloads<
> http://www.osmylus.com/index.php/downloads><
> http://www.osmylus.com/index.php/downloads>
> Watch discovery of new species in DR Congo: youtu.be/Arr2k7dwzSU<
> http://youtu.be/Arr2k7dwzSU><http://youtu.be/Arr2k7dwzSU>
> Best wishes, also on behalf of my co-authors Jens and Nico, who have both
> made their exceptional contributions in their free time!
> Klaas-Douwe 'KD' B. Dijkstra
> Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
> Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
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