[Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Sep 22 17:06:48 CDT 2016
Just a quick update on this: I just now emailed Bal Gautam (http://entomology.lsu.edu/gautam.html), but the email bounced back. However, I did CC the head of the institution, and that hasn't bounced back, so maybe we might be able to find out something from him? Clearly there are "issues" here, but I would like to point out, once again, that they have absolutely nothing to do with the "without dead bodies" issue in taxonomy. It is possible to fake stuff regardless of the methodologies used, and indications are in this case that something very dodgy is going on.
On Fri, 23/9/16, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu, "Laurent Raty" <l.raty at skynet.be>
Cc: deepreef at bishopmuseum.org, mivie at montana.edu
Received: Friday, 23 September, 2016, 9:32 AM
I note that someone using the name
"Sergey Viktorovich Pushkin" has been active on ZooBank ( http://zoobank.org/Search?search_term=Pushkin
), trying to register articles. Also, it appears that
Hava et al. described Anthrenus pushkini Herrmann, Kadej
& Háva, 2015! https://www.researchgate.net/publication/297838486_A_new_species_of_Anthrenus_Geoffroy_1762_Coleoptera_Dermestidae_from_Dagestan
Evidently they were collaborating at some stage. I have as
yet had no reply from either Hava, nor the Russian
university that Pushkin claims affiliation with. The ZooBank
record for the journal ( http://zoobank.org/References/7C956948-1236-45B4-A62B-414B69567BDE
) claims to have a print ISSN, so I wouldn't be too
quick to dismiss it as e-only! It would be very easy for
them to produce a minimal print run anyway, or to fake it in
a way that is difficult to disprove. The journal appears to
be based in India and appears somewhat "dodgy"! One of the
editorial board is listed as being USA based: Dr Bal K
Gautam, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State
University, Baton Rouge, LA , USA. I might check him out
On Thu, 22/9/16, Laurent Raty <l.raty at skynet.be>
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Received: Thursday, 22 September, 2016, 9:59 PM
where the type(s) are intended to be deposited must be
designated and its location given *IF* the
types are extant specimens.
purpose of this provision being to make it as easy as
possible for a subsequent worker to re-locate
the type series -- and put
an end to
situations where this subsequent author had to use "any
evidence, published or unpublished,"
to guess where he might find the
But anyway, the first problem
here doesn't seem to be the depository.
The first problem is that the journal is
electronic, and the paper lacks
registration, thus it is wholly unpublished and *nothing*
it is nomenclaturally relevant.
The description is fake as
well, by the way, not just the images -- 99%
of the text being an evident 'remix' of
the description of Thaumaglossa
mroczkowskii by Háva & Kadej 2005.
As michael noted, it seems
impossible to understand such a behaviour if
it comes from a professional scientist, as it
can only be damaging for
him. But do we
necessarily need to accept that it really happened..? One
possible purpose for such a 'paper'
may be to create a fake publication
for a 'predatory' journal, in order to attract
On 09/22/2016 10:23 AM,
Derek Sikes wrote:
> "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
only on a photo? (As it seems it is). If the type is
> 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
> 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.
>> holotype is clearly listed as
examined. The names are nomina nuda because
>> the author failed to designate a type
depository for each — a common
>> What is troublesome in the paper that
you refer to that points out that
these are nomina nuda, is the conclusion for each name
>> That they are
>> Simply, sloppy descriptions and sloppy
review of the sloppy descriptions.
>> 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>
>>> 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
>>> 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.
>>> Original article: Description of a
new species of the genus
Thaumaglossa (COLEOPTERA: Dermestidae: Megatominae) of the
>>> Region of Russia.
>>> Entomology and Applied Science
Letters, 2016, 3, 4: 12-14.
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