[Taxacom] type collections
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon Jan 4 14:44:08 CST 2016
Depending on the details of the Botanical Code (of which I know nothing), you might be able to designate as holotype a lost specimen, by way of the photo. That might be preferable to having to make do with a diagnostically useless holotype (unless the genetic sequence is diagnostic and can be extracted from the suboptimal specimen).
On Tue, 5/1/16, Rick McNeill <juniper.botany at gmail.com> wrote:
Subject: [Taxacom] type collections
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Received: Tuesday, 5 January, 2016, 8:02 AM
I have a question about types.
I have taxon on which I am working. It is known from
one location and the
highest number of plants found at any time was around 50.
I took high resolution images of the plants and collected 10
at the end of
the season. I wrote a description from those plants and
images. I then
attempted to send the collection to another researcher and
it was lost. I
went back the next year and made another collection, but
none of the plants
were in fruit or flower. The description was not
written or expanded from
these plants because they did not have all of the
Should the second collection be designated as a neotype or a
Should the images be included as part of the type?
juniper.botany at gmail.com
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