[Taxacom] Taxacom Digest, Vol 130, Issue 13

Neil Snow nwiltonsnow at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 13:59:00 CST 2017


Dark side of taxonomy?  I don't think so.  This reflects management
options, over which I'll stay neutral.  It has nothing to do with taxonomy.

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>    1. Langage code for scientifc names (Andy Mabbett)
>    2. Moth gift: Winner of an eBay auction thanks his mother by
>       naming a new species after her (metzlere at msu.edu)
>    3. the dark side of taxonomy (John Grehan)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:47:26 +0000
> From: Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>
> To: TaxaCom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Subject: [Taxacom] Langage code for scientifc names
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> Some 14(!) years after I first raised the issue with them, the IETF
> seem to be close to agreeing a language code [1] for marking up
> taxonomic names in HTML and other digital documents.
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> For example, we can currently mark up a French phrase, in HTML, like this:
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>    This is a <span lang=fr>tres bon</span> example!
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> and it is prosed to do the same for taxon names:
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>    A highlight of the trip was seeing <span lang=XXX>Aquila
>    audax</span> overhead.
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> and issues for debate include what code should be used in place of
> XXX; and whether the code should represent a subset of Latin.
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> The current discussion starts at [2], and input from taxonomists would
> be useful. I'm happy to forward short comments posted here, but you
> can subscribe to the mailing list yourself at [3]. The discussion can
> also be viewed via the archives link on that page.
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> See also the 2008 thread on this list [4].
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> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IETF_language_tag
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> [2] http://www.alvestrand.no/pipermail/ietf-languages/2017-
> February/013713.html
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> [3] http://www.alvestrand.no/mailman/listinfo/ietf-languages
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> [4] http://mailman.nhm.ku.edu/pipermail/taxacom/2008-June/110588.html
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> --
> Andy Mabbett
> @pigsonthewing
> http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
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> Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:23:57 -0500
> From: metzlere at msu.edu
> To: TaxaCom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Subject: [Taxacom] Moth gift: Winner of an eBay auction thanks his
>         mother by naming a new species after her
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> The loving son presented the name to his mother on St. Valentine's Day
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> Pensoft Publishers
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> Winner of an eBay  auction Steve Mix received the opportunity to pick the
> name for a new  species of satiny-white winged moth collected from the
> white gypsum  dunes of the White Sands National Monument,  New Mexico. A
> fan of butterflies and moths himself, he chose to honor  his supportive and
> encouraging mother Delinda Mix, so the moth is now  formally listed under
> the species name delindae. It is described in the  open access journal
> /ZooKeys/.
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> Having spent 10 years studying the moth fauna at the White Sands National
> Monument, Eric H. Metzler, curator at the Michigan State University, but
> also research collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History,
> Smithsonian Institution, and research associate at the University of New
> Mexico and the University of Florida,  discovered the moth during the first
> year of the study, in 2007. Back  then, he spotted a curious small white
> moth with a satiny appearance,  which immediately drew his attention.
>
> Already assigned to the genus Givira to the family commonly known as
> carpenter millers, the moth was yet to be identified as a species.  While
> most of its North American 'relatives' are either dark-colored, or  have
> substantial dark smudges on the forewings, there are only four of  them,
> including the new species, which are substantially white with few  or no
> dark markings.
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> Further hindrance occurred when the researcher tried to study the
> specimens, as pinned moths turned out greased due to their abdomens  being
> full of fatty tissue. However, the specialist managed to degrease  them by
> carefully brushing their scales, and, having compared them to  related
> species, confirmed them as representatives of a species new to  science.
>
> Then, Eric joined the fundraising event, organized by the Western National
> Parks Association (WNPA), a non-profit education partner of the US National
> Park Service.  The highest bidder in the eBay auction would receive the
> chance to pick  the scientific name for the satiny-looking moth, and thus,
> become part  of history. Having won the opportunity, Steve Mix, who himself
> had once  been interested in studying butterflies and moths, and has been
> maintaining his fondness of them ever since, decided to name the species
> after his mother Delinda Mix, in gratitude for "the support and
> encouragement she gave to her son".
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> "Steve Mix submitted the winning bid, and he chose to have the moth  named
> after his mother because of the lasting nature of this naming
> opportunity", shares Eric. "I received no remuneration in this  fundraising
> venture, and by volunteering my personal money, time,  expertise, and
> experience I was able to help WNPA gain world-wide  positive publicity
> while raising some much needed cash. The rewards to  me were being able to
> help WNPA and Steve Mix honor his mother, which is  just so very
> sentimental".
>
> "WNPA is so pleased that we were able to work with Eric and we are
> grateful to Steve. This project is a shining example of working together
> towards the common good of our parks with the added value of providing a
> priceless experience for everyone involved", says Amy Reichgott,
> Development Manager at the Western National Parks Association.
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> Original source:
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> Metzler EH (2017) The Lepidoptera of White Sands National Monument,  Otero
> County, New Mexico, USA 9. A new species of Givira Walker  (Cossidae,
> Hypoptinae) dedicated to Delinda Mix, including a list of  species of
> Cossidae recorded from the Monument. /ZooKeys/ 655: 141-156.
> https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.655.11339
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> Message: 3
> Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:57:16 -0500
> From: John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com>
> To: taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Subject: [Taxacom] the dark side of taxonomy
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> News report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39040907
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> Another case of ideology driving taxonomy. The idea that purity and the
> environment itself is threatened by whatever is declared to be other.
> Hybrids are duly executed (interesting that one web site referred to
> 'killed' while another used the nicer euphemism 'culled') and I once made
> the mistake of criticising conservation policy in New Zealand for such an
> approach (a real career killer). Watch out if you are one day found to have
> the genes of an "invasive alien species".
>
> John Grehan
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> A zoo in northern Japan has culled 57 of its snow monkeys by lethal
> injection after discovering they carried the genes of an "invasive alien
> species".
>
> Takagoyama Nature Zoo in Chiba said DNA testing showed the monkeys had been
> crossbred with the rhesus macaque.
>
> The non-indigenous rhesus macaque is banned under Japanese law.
>
> A local official said they had to be killed to protect the native
> environment.
>
> The zoo's operator held a memorial service for the snow monkeys' souls at a
> nearby Buddhist temple.
>
> Japanese macaques, commonly known as snow monkeys, are native to Japan and
> are one of the country's major tourist attractions.
>
> Japan prohibits the possession and transport of invasive species, including
> crossbreeds.
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> An official from the Office for Alien Species Management, part of the
> country's environment ministry, told local media that the culling was
> unavoidable because there were fears they might escape and reproduce in the
> wild.
>
> Junkichi Mima, a spokesman for conservation group WWF Japan told AFP news
> agency that invasive species cause problems "because they get mixed in with
> indigenous animals and threaten the natural environment and ecosystem".
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