[Taxacom] Questions about availability of a species name
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Aug 22 17:19:55 CDT 2018
"The original paper did not state the holotype depository. Thus, the species name is unavailable under the current ICZN. Right?"
Right, IF the original paper really did not state the holotype depository. Can you send me the PDF, so that I can check (a statement of depository can be somewhat less than obvious).
As Doug has stated, if you are correct, then the name is TECHNICALLY still unavailable, though it is such a minor technicality (affecting many names) that it probably isn't worth highlighting (and so it is arguably best to act as if the holotype depository was stated in the original description).
Please note that a subsequently validated name takes not only the date but also the authorship of the validating paper, not the "original" paper!
On Thu, 23/8/18, Fernandez, Jose <Jose.Fernandez at AGR.GC.CA> wrote:
Subject: [Taxacom] Questions about availability of a species name
To: "parahym (parahym at nhm.ac.uk)" <parahym at nhm.ac.uk>, "taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Received: Thursday, 23 August, 2018, 9:24 AM
I would greatly appreciate some
help/comments on the following topic. I have added a
"Right?" to the end of my paragraphs to mark my
questions (and NOT because I think that I am necessarily
right!). Hopefully you can clarify me the situation.
Microplitis vitellipedis Li, Tan &
Song was described in 2009 from China The original paper did
not state the holotype depository. Thus, the species name is
unavailable under the current ICZN. Right?
Then in 2015 a taxonomic review of the
Oriental species of Microplitis refers to that species. It
states that the holotype is deposited in the Hunan
Agricultural University, China. That happens to be the
institution which the authors of the original description
were affiliated with (at least at the time of the 2009
publication). The 2015 paper, from Indian researchers,
states that "the type specimen of this species could not be
examined" and that they based their species description,
illustration and place in the key to Oriental Microplitis
species on specimens from India that they actually examined.
I am not sure if the 2015 authors contacted the Chinese
colleagues to verify that the type was indeed deposited in
the Hunan Agricultural University, China. But that may be
beyond the point, because what matters is that, if the type
depository was explicitly (and clearly) stated in the 2015
paper, then that would comply with the ICZN requirements and
thus would make the name Microplitis vitellipedis Li, Tan
& Song available. Right?
Assuming that the two previous
paragraphs are correct, then my last question is, how to
refer to that species? I mean the species name and authors
would remain the same, but the actual date assigned to that
name should be 2015 (the moment when the species name
fulfilled all criteria to be considered an available name,
sensu ICZN) and not 2009. Right? Should it be then
Microplitis vitellipedis Li, Tan & Song 2015? Is there
something there that I may be missing? Or some assumptions
that are wrong? Or better ways to interpret the situation?
[If someone is interested in checking
the cited references, I will be happy to send pdf copies off
list (just send me an email for that). In any case the two
references are: a) Original Description Reference: Li,
Xi-ying; Tan, Ji-cai and Song, Dong-bao. 2009. A new species
of Microplitis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae:
Microgastrinae) of China. Entomotaxonomia. 31(3):225-229; b)
subsequent and so far only reference known to me: Ranjith,
A.P.; Rajesh, K.M. and Nasser, M.. 2015. Taxonomic studies
on Oriental Microplitis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae,
Microgastrinae) with description of two new species from
South India. Zootaxa. 3963(3):369-415].
Thanks a lot for any help you can
All the best,
José L. Fernández-Triana, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Agriculture and
Canadian National Collection of Insects
960 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario,
K1A 0C6, CANADA
Phone: 613-759-1034. Email: jose.fernandez at agr.gc.ca<mailto:jose.fernandez at agr.gc.ca>
Alternative email : cnc.braconidae at gmail.com<mailto:cnc.braconidae at gmail.com>
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