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

Peter Rauch peterar at berkeley.edu
Mon Dec 14 11:47:28 CST 2015

No, you did not "get this right".


On Sun, Dec 13, 2015 at 9:26 PM, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>

> So, let me see if I get this right? Drawing people's attention to the
> things that really matter, *in a paper which isn't open access*! That's
> some strategy for saving the world ...
> Stephen
> --------------------------------------------
> On Mon, 14/12/15, Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org> wrote:
>  Subject: RE: [Taxacom] Fwd: Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies
>  from    Africa
>  To: "'Stephen Thorpe'" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
>  Cc: "'taxacom'" <Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
>  Received: Monday, 14 December, 2015, 6:14 PM
>  Oh, and by the way... I
>  spent a few hours going through the Odonata paper in some
>  detail yesterday and I have to say that, speaking as one of
>  the 0.000002% of the world's population who is a
>  taxonomist, I was extremely impressed with the quality of
>  the work (to whatever extent an ichthyologist can evaluate
>  an entomological paper). Each species description spans
>  several pages and includes robust information on taxonomic
>  context, material studied, both genetic and morphological
>  data, and range & ecology, and each description also
>  includes multiple figures (including color) and an etymology
>  section. The seven pages of introductory text are extremely
>  well-written and covers a wide range of important topics
>  that we often ramble endlessly about here on Taxacom, such
>  as why naming species is important for conservation, why
>  taxonomy needs more support, and why species MATTER (for
>  understanding history, environment, evolution, and for
>  humanity).  So it seems to me that the authors did a superb
>  job both scientifically, and from the perspective of drawing
>  people's attention to the issues that really matter.
>  Aloha,
>  Rich
> ...cut, cut...

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