[Taxacom] Taxacom Digest, Vol 130, Issue 13

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 14:11:14 CST 2017


As scientists have been directly involved (at least in the NZ case) and
promoted concepts of species purity I would say that the issue can have a
lot to do with taxonomy - or at least the practice of taxonomy. Not saying
this is a necessary fault with taxonomy as a science, just how it may be
applied or misapplied both by 'management' and scientists.

in human history there have been a lot of people who stayed neutral when
others were the subject of pogroms.

John Grehan

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:59 PM, Neil Snow <nwiltonsnow at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
>
> On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM, <taxacom-request at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > Daily News from the Taxacom Mailing List
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> >
> > Today's Topics:
> >
> >    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
> > Message-ID:
> >         <CABiXOE=wGjMyoHZJRuNcE=9pPqBQDgV=thGJa6ZEdqVx68TREA@
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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.
> >
> > For example, we can currently mark up a French phrase, in HTML, like
> this:
> >
> >    This is a <span lang=fr>tres bon</span> example!
> >
> > and it is prosed to do the same for taxon names:
> >
> >    A highlight of the trip was seeing <span lang=XXX>Aquila
> >    audax</span> overhead.
> >
> > and issues for debate include what code should be used in place of
> > XXX; and whether the code should represent a subset of Latin.
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > See also the 2008 thread on this list [4].
> >
> >
> > [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IETF_language_tag
> >
> > [2] http://www.alvestrand.no/pipermail/ietf-languages/2017-
> > February/013713.html
> >
> > [3] http://www.alvestrand.no/mailman/listinfo/ietf-languages
> >
> > [4] http://mailman.nhm.ku.edu/pipermail/taxacom/2008-June/110588.html
> >
> > --
> > Andy Mabbett
> > @pigsonthewing
> > http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 2
> > 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
> > Message-ID: <20170222082357.14775sxf376pqorx at mail.msu.edu>
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> >
> >
> >
> > The loving son presented the name to his mother on St. Valentine's Day
> >
> > Pensoft Publishers
> >
> > 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/.
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > 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".
> >
> > "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.
> >
> > ###
> >
> > Original source:
> >
> > 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
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > 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
> > Message-ID:
> >         <CADN0ud2nZ8sDNoS0LSToOgH9Y53p8TkPsj_K2CTBVB7cagC9xw at mail.
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> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> >
> > News report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39040907
> >
> > 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
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > 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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