[Taxacom] taxonomic "vandalism?"

Wolfgang Wuster w.wuster at bangor.ac.uk
Thu Oct 5 19:08:07 CDT 2017


Isn't this a clear example of victim-blaming?


I wouldn't personally do what those authors did, for the reasons you mention. However, I am not comfortable with the idea that communication of our science should be shaped by fear of blatant plagiarism by fringe elements that is then legitimised by the Code...


Wolfgang


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From: Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> on behalf of Michael A. Ivie <mivie at montana.edu>
Sent: 06 October 2017 00:25
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Subject: [Taxacom] taxonomic "vandalism?"

We hear massive diatribes about an Australian herpetologist naming
species that others are wanting to name.  However, the common thread is
that this is made possible by people releasing data that allow these
descriptions before they actually do the work of describing the
species.  There is a perfect example of this today, in the news release at

<https://www.newscientist.com/article/2149587-we-just-found-nineteen-new-species-of-gecko-in-one-tiny-area/?campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS%7C2017-GLOBAL-AppleFeedex&utm_campaign=AppleFeedex&utm_medium=RSS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_term=Autofeed>
[https://d1o50x50snmhul.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/05180340/cyrtodactylus-sp.-2.-credit-l.-lee-grismer.jpg]<https://www.newscientist.com/article/2149587-we-just-found-nineteen-new-species-of-gecko-in-one-tiny-area/?campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS%7C2017-GLOBAL-AppleFeedex&utm_campaign=AppleFeedex&utm_medium=RSS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_term=Autofeed>

We just found nineteen new species of gecko in one tiny area<https://www.newscientist.com/article/2149587-we-just-found-nineteen-new-species-of-gecko-in-one-tiny-area/?campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS%7C2017-GLOBAL-AppleFeedex&utm_campaign=AppleFeedex&utm_medium=RSS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_term=Autofeed>
www.newscientist.com
The discovery of so many closely-related vertebrate species within such a small area is unprecedented




In this piece there are beautiful photos of four new species of geckos
who are identified as such, with a locality and no descriptions.  At the
bottom of the story it says "The formal descriptions will appear intwo
papers being published over the coming weeks
<http://www.fauna-flora.org/news/fifteen-new-gecko-species-discovered-in-myanmar/>."
I assume that someone who publishes his own journal could do it faster
than that?

Is it not simply hubris to put out such a story before the species are
formally described?  And, if they do that and then get scooped, knowing
there are people (or person) out there alleged to do such things, can
they be outraged if it happens?

Mike

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