[Taxacom] FW: preprint out - "Is it time to describe new species without diagnoses? - A comment on Sharkey et al. (2021)"

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Tue Jun 8 16:30:41 CDT 2021

 Hi Frank,Your article seems well balanced, so that's good. We all know that DNA only descriptions are a really bad idea. One thing though, and forgive me if you have said this already somewhere in the manuscript (no time to read it all in detail), but the only real problem is with the description of new species. Scientists who work with DNA can probably do lots of very useful things, but they should not base new ICZN (or ICBN) species names on DNA only. This needs to be made very clear, I suggest. They can still estimate the number of species in an area (or at least in a sample) using DNA, for biodiversity estimates, etc. They could create their own system of nomenclature, so that they can talk about species amongst themselves, purely in terms of the DNA. That would be OK, but they need to stay away from traditional taxonomy using ICZN (and ICBN) names. The two systems are incompatible. DNA can still inform traditional taxonomy, and potentially solve various problems. It is merely the issue of basing new species names on DNA only that is problematic.Cheers, Stephen
    On Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 06:55:29 am NZST, Frank T. Krell via Taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:  
 Hi all,

maybe some of you might be intersted in the preprint of our manuscript with the title:
"Is it time to describe new species without diagnoses? - A comment on Sharkey et al. (2021)"

It is available on Zenodo:

  *  DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4899151<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__dx.doi.org_10.5281_zenodo.4899151&d=DwMFAg&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=0dKKCbLpmQdJFjZyUmOJ0zynkd3L5iKZhe8uuB-rQwE&m=yToMPvXO0pFdMp8o4NquJQoQS1ny93cy7dbnT6Bohxk&s=Wc8VVY2ciZffA0A7GRgzVDu9FgA650TPa-pYS01dRvM&e=>
or on Researchgate:



Best wishes


and Frank

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