[Taxacom] ICZN policy on replacing lost type specimens

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Thu Sep 13 15:47:14 CDT 2018

On 9/13/18 12:28 PM, Michael A. Ivie wrote:
> Yikes! My apologies to Doug Yanega, this message should have been a 
> private reply to a private message.  So sorry, please delete and 
> pretend you never saw it.
Mike: I don't have a problem with it, because I think this is not quite 
what you think it is (I feel like we're doing a bit from "The Princess 
Bride" here), and I don't take it personally. It's not just "my" 
document, either. Regardless, the reason we phrased the document this 
way, and made it public this way, is specifically to make 
recommendations for practice which lie OUTSIDE of the legislative text 
of the Code. Appendix A itself is explicitly NOT part of the legislative 
text, and it was cited simply to illustrate that the Commission is 
taking this opportunity to *make suggestions regarding best practices*, 
which is all that Appendix A is and ever has been. For that matter, even 
the Recommendations we cite are, technically, NOT legislative. The Code 
also says nothing, anywhere, about selecting type specimens that can be 
sequenced, but we included that recommendation, as well - and you didn't 
criticize it. Again, we are fully aware that there are things in this 
document that are not in the Code, let alone mandated by it, *and we 
aren't pretending otherwise*. It is worded VERY carefully to distinguish 
which things are mandatory, and which things are not, and my original 
accompanying message also had a very clear disclaimer about this 
document NOT being legislative.


Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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