[Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa
l.raty at skynet.be
Thu Sep 22 17:28:20 CDT 2016
Yes, I got caught in a confusion between the two papers as well. (As you
did initially too, Stephen, but for some reason that I don't understand,
your emails to the group stopped to reach me some time ago; I can only
see them in the archive.) So to be clear:
- The first paper (Anthrenus kamiluhi,
claimed to be a "nomen nudum" by Háva, Herrmann & Kadej) is registered
in ZooBank (and is thus presumably published).
- The second one (Thamaglossa zhantievi,
http://easletters.com/volume3-issue4-2016/EASL-2016-3-4-12-14.pdf ) is
not (and is IMHO unpublished).
The ISSN claimed on ZooBank (2348-2864) is that of the online version.
Here: http://easletters.com/malpractice-policy.html the journal is said
to be "an *electronic* peer reviewed international journal". ELibrary.ru
- http://elibrary.ru/title_about.asp?id=56427 - makes 2348-2864 the ISSN
of the online (онлайновой) version, and gives no ISSN of any printed
SV Pushkin appears on the website of his university -
- so the affiliation presumably did exist at some point at least.
Whether the university will answer an outsider about this type of issue,
is probably a different matter, though.
(But I doubt that a Russian zoologist can get this type of publicity:
...on the website of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of
Science at St-Petersburg, and keep things quiet indefinitely...)
On 09/22/2016 11:32 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> 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!
> Evidently they were collaborating at some stage. I have as yet had
reply from either Hava, nor the Russian university that Pushkin claims
affiliation with. The ZooBank record for the journal (
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> wrote:
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Return of the digital taxa
> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Received: Thursday, 22 September, 2016, 9:59 PM
> A "collection"
> where the type(s) are intended to be deposited must be
> designated and its location given *IF* the
> types are extant specimens.
> (The whole
> 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
> a ZooBank
> registration, thus it is wholly unpublished and *nothing* in
> 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
> Laurent -
> On 09/22/2016 10:23 AM,
> Derek Sikes wrote:
> > Neal,
> > "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
> > 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...)
> > -Derek
> > On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 7:54 PM, Neal
> Evenhuis <neale at bishopmuseum.org>
> > wrote:
> >> 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
> 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
> >> 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
> >>> 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.
> >>> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308163532_New_
> >> Faunistic_Records_a
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