[Taxacom] Taxacom Digest, Vol 130, Issue 13

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 14:20:24 CST 2017


I can understand that labelling this as 'dark taxonomy' would not be
palatable to a lot of folks. This does not mean that I am necessarily wrong
to do so. It is certainly an uncomfortable aspect of taxonomy and perhaps
more so of conservation taxonomy. I guess one can acknowledge its existence
or not ('we' do that quite often with human history anyway).

John Grehan

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 3:16 PM, Neil Snow <nwiltonsnow at gmail.com> wrote:

> John
>
> Taxonomy sensu lato needs all the support it can get.  Ditto science more
> generally.
>
> Framing those incidents as dark taxonomy just isn't going to sit well with
> a lot of folks, including this taxonomist.
>
> As one who is now teaching an Invasive Species Management class for the
> 2nd time and lived in Hawaii for a few years, I "get it" when it comes to
> the urgency of invasive species.  What you mentioned having occurred in
> Japan, though, does seem unreasonable.
>
> NS
>
> On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:11 PM, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> 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
>>> >
>>> > When responding to a message, please do not copy the entire digest into
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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)
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> >
>>> > 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@
>>> > mail.gmail.com>
>>> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>>> >
>>> > 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>
>>> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > 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.
>>> > gmail.com>
>>> > 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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