[Taxacom] Science 24 Feb 2017 letter: Photos belong in taxonomic Code

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 21:58:37 CST 2017


So if the issue is that obvious why did the reviewers for such a
'prestigious' journal like Science miss that?

John Grehan

On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:41 PM, Frank T. Krell <Frank.Krell at dmns.org>
wrote:

> The authors of this letter write that the Code should allow photographs
> and movies to be eligible for designation as primary types. "This change
> would allow valid species descriptions [...] without violating the Code."
>
> May I point out that describing new species on the basis of photographs or
> movies does *not* violate the Code. It is just that the specimens shown in
> those media are the types, not the photographs or movies themselves. In
> these cases the types are not preserved and, in most cases, are deemed to
> be lost. But this is still Code-compliant.
>
> It may violate good taxonomic practice though - in Cases where types could
> have been preserved.
>
> Please read the Code, people. There is definitely no revision of the Code
> needed to accommodate photo-based descriptions.
> On the contrary, I would say that the Code should more strongly discourage
> descriptions without preserved type specimens when type specimens could
> easily be preserved and remain diagnostic in the preserved stage.
>
> Frank
>
>
> Dr. Frank-Thorsten Krell
>
> Senior Curator of Entomology, Editor-in-Chief
> Commissioner and Councillor, International Commission on Zoological
> Nomenclature
> Department of Zoology
> Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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> Denver, Colorado 80205-5798, U.S.A.
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>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of
> Dilrukshan Wijesinghe
> Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:55 PM
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> Subject: [Taxacom] Science 24 Feb 2017 letter: Photos belong in taxonomic
> Code
>
> There is a Letter by André Rinaldo Senna Garrafoni & André Victor Lucci
> Freitas in Science 24 February 2017 [Vol. 355, Issue 6327], p. 805, titled
> "Photos belong in taxonomic Code". The authors advocate the use of photos &
> movies to serve as types, especially for meiofaunal organisms (e.g.
> gastrotrichs), specimens of which lose diagnostic features after
> preservation.
> Priyantha
>  D. P. Wijesinghe
> dpwijesinghe at yahoo.com
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