[Taxacom] Nonsense in ZooKeys (photo based taxonomy again)

igor pavlinov ipvl2008 at mail.ru
Sun Aug 27 23:38:29 CDT 2017


It seems to me that the authors took nom. nudum for nom. dubium.

OK, thet were not experts in the ICZN particular statements - but what about peer reviewers? Does SooKey practicize such reviewing?

I'm sorry I didn't read the paper in quesiton, so I am not sure which particular "typeless species" are/is meant. However, as far as  I know, absence of type fixation for species-group taxa is mandatory since 1999 according to Art. 16, so violation of this condition makes a new name unavailable.

Igor
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Igor Ya. Pavlinov, DrS
Zoological Museum of Lomonosov Moscow State University
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>Понедельник, 28 августа 2017, 3:25 +03:00 от Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>:
>
>Here you go Ray:  https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/10945/
>
>The public (of Russia) has paid to make this garbage open access! 'This work [garbage] was financially supported by the Russian Scientific Fund (project No. 14-50-00029, “Scientific bases of the national biobank, the depository of living systems”)'
>
>If only we could get public funding for our garbage, eh Ray! :)
>
>Stephen
>
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>On Mon, 28/8/17, Raymond Hoser - The Snakeman < viper007 at live.com.au > wrote:
>
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Nonsense in ZooKeys (photo based taxonomy again)
> To: " taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu " < taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu >, " neale at bishopmuseum.org " < neale at bishopmuseum.org >, "Stephen Thorpe" < stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz >
> Cc: " penev at pensoft.net " < penev at pensoft.net >
> Received: Monday, 28 August, 2017, 11:45 AM
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> 
> 
> Stephen (your comment below makes sense), but can you
> please provide a link to the paper so I can look at the
> rest.
> Thanks
> Raymond Hoser
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> Subject: [Taxacom] Nonsense in ZooKeys (photo based
> taxonomy again)
>  
> 
> 
> 
> An article was published a few
> days ago in ZooKeys, on the subject of photo based taxonomy.
> From the abstract:
> 
> 
> 
> 'If a taxonomist has omitted to compare the new typeless
> species with the known species externally similar to it, the
> latter cannot be diagnosed and its name in that case becomes
> nomen nudum.'
> 
> 
> 
> Presumably they mean the FORMER cannot be diagnosed. By
> "typeless species", they just mean no preserved
> specimen as type. Anyway, it seems that they have made a
> rather creative interpretation of Article 13.1.1.
> 
> 
> 
> 13.1.1. be accompanied by a description or definition that
> states in words characters that are purported to
> differentiate the taxon
> 
> 
> 
> The authors pontificate thusly (and erroneously): 
> 
> 
> 
> 'So, when describing a new typeless species a specialist
> should differentiate it from all the species described
> earlier. If the taxonomist in the differential diagnosis
> misses the comparison to a known species with which a
> typeless species is similar externally,
>  the latter cannot be diagnosed on any account, and
> therefore its name falls under the definition of nomen
> nudum. Once again, we need to emphasize that nomen nudum
> here would be the result of nonprofessional actions of the
> taxonomist, who should have formally
>  approached the task of comparison of typeless species to
> the closely related species described earlier'
> 
> 
> 
> The authors have just ignored the term 'purported'.
> Clearly it means 'purported by the authors of the new
> taxon', not 'purported by consensus of experts in
> the group'! Missing a character(s) which actually does
> differentiate a new taxon obviously does not invalidate
>  the description (nomen nudum). At worst, it may lead to a
> nomen dubium. Clearly, there is no requirement in the Code
> to EXPLICITLY compare a purported new taxon with all known
> relatives! One simply has to specify characters which one
> thinks uniquely diagnoses
>  the purported new taxon.
> 
> 
> 
> If anyone can make much sense of the rest of the article,
> which reads like jibberish to me, then I'd be very
> interested to hear it!
> 
> 
> 
> Let's stop filling the world scientific literature with
> nonsense, shall we?
> 
> 
> 
> Stephen
> 
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