[Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa

Derek Sikes dssikes at alaska.edu
Thu Sep 22 03:23:10 CDT 2016


"The names are nomina nuda because the author failed to designate a type
depository for each — a common
mistake unfortunately."

Could you clarify this further? If a depository designation is needed to
avoid names becoming nomina nuda, then how is it possible to name a species
based only on a photo? (As it seems it is). If the type is running around
free, it can't have a depository. I'd appreciate knowing where in the code
this is spelled out. Thanks! (I'm teaching systematics now and we've
covered these descriptions based on photographed but uncollected types...)


On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 7:54 PM, Neal Evenhuis <neale at bishopmuseum.org>

> Actually …
> This has nothing to do with publishing based on a photograph only. A
> holotype is clearly listed as examined. The names are nomina nuda because
> the author failed to designate a type depository for each — a common
> mistake unfortunately.
> What is troublesome in the paper that you refer to that points out that
> these are nomina nuda, is the conclusion for each name says the opposite!
> That they are “available”.
> Simply, sloppy descriptions and sloppy review of the sloppy descriptions.
> -Neal
> On Stardate 9/21/16, 5:40 PM, "Taxacom on behalf of JF Mate"
> <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu on behalf of aphodiinaemate at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >It seems taxonomy fraudsters have cottoned on the fact that
> >descriptions no longer require "dead bodies". A description of a new
> >Dermestidae was published in Entomology and Applied Science Letters.
> >Fortunately the author was pretty lazy and it ended up being a nomen
> >nudum. Reference to original article and link to article uncovering
> >the dirty deed below.
> >
> >Jason
> >
> >Original article: Description of a new species of the genus
> >Thaumaglossa (COLEOPTERA: Dermestidae: Megatominae) of the Astrakhan
> >Region of Russia.
> >Entomology and Applied Science Letters, 2016, 3, 4: 12-14.
> >
> >
> >https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308163532_New_
> Faunistic_Records_a
> >nd_remarks_on_Dermestidae_Coleoptera_-_Part_15
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