(Fwd) Namalycastis bait worm in the news

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.co.nz
Tue Jul 30 20:05:57 EST 2002

> It would be nice to have a type locality so that we can put a name on the
> ''biggest, badest, pinkest'' polychaete known. 

The ICZN  code (76.1.1) sez  "... after transport by artificial means, the type 
locality is the place from which the name-bearing type, or its wild progenitor, 
began its unnatural journey."  

Yeah right.  I have always considered that rule to be one of the particularly 
unhelpful pieces of obvious "advice" in the book.  And absolutely useless in 
the case of something growing on a ship hull that voyages from A to B, then 
B to A, via XYZ.  I suppose what they meant to say was the type locality is 
definitely not the place where the animal finished its journey.  Although in 
theory that renders type localities incorrect for all those alien invaders which 
were described from their new countries.    

The mind boggles. But in this instance after some years with no further 
information I think all Chris need do is make a good final attempt to narrow it 
down without worrying too much - if it's just 'Vietnam' at the moment then so 
be it.  Someone will find out eventually.   

My 2c.

  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.co.nz> (niwa.cri.nz still works)

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