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

Roderic Page Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk
Fri Dec 11 07:27:07 CST 2015

On 11 Dec 2015, at 13:09, Peter Rauch <peterar at berkeley.edu<mailto:peterar at berkeley.edu>> wrote:

"The new species are introduced with the least effort required to comply
with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, but the most effect for
their practical application.”

Again, in many ways laudable. Publishing a description, a photo, and a DNA barcode (e.g., http://bins.boldsystems.org/index.php/Public_RecordView?processid=NSPAF375-15 ) is great. I would argue that submitting the sequences to GenBank and the distributions to GBIF is only going to increase their "practical application” and their potential use way beyond people who might care about dragonflies.

I’m also the last person to want barriers put in the way of rapid publication. I guess I’m frustrated that this seems to be an “either/or” situation. Either we get stuff out quickly (as a PDF with little, if any data in machine readable form or deposited in databases) or we publish in a way that maximises the utility of the data (but at the cost of author charges, and sometimes tedious data entry processes).



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