[Taxacom] type collections

Stephen Thorpe 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).

Cheers, Stephen

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?
 Richard McNeill
 Feral Botanist
 juniper.botany at gmail.com
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