WoRMS project Re: [Annelida] Clymenura polaris originaldescription
(by savs551216 from hotmail.com)
Thu Feb 7 17:20:19 EST 2008
Most of the pictures available in internet cannot be linked to a voucher specimen. After several unsuccessful attempts to get some deep water specimens, nicely photographed in several websites, Leslie Harris has told me that most photographers of underwater creatures feel better by making the photographs than collecting, killing, and preserving the specimen.
I have noticed that despite the impressive organisms being depicted, there are no means to check some of the certainly less spectacular, but diagnostic features in the specimen, simply because there is no specimen at all.
I support Nancys and Kristian's suggestion and wish we have more voucher materials backing up both, photographs and ecological studies.
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 16:38:48 -0500From: njmaciolek from gmail.comTo: evberghe from iobis.orgSubject: Re: WoRMS project Re: [Annelida] Clymenura polaris originaldescriptionCC: annelida from magpie.bio.indiana.edu; info from marinespecies.org; grassle from marine.rutgers.edu; g.read from niwa.co.nzEdward wrote:"While we are very restrictive on who we give edit rights to the taxonomic information, anyone can upload pictures, and put a name on it; and the picture would automatically appear on the authoritative page of the species, thus confounding very rigorously controlled edited content with something over which we have no control at all."Why not restrict the posting of pictures in the same way that you restrict editing of text? Alternatively, put the pictures in a moderation queue so that they do not appear automatically, but only after they have been approved. There is no advantage to building a pictorial database quickly if it contains errors, whether small or egregious.best wishes,NancyNancy J. Maciolek, Ph.D.Polychaete Editor, Zootaxahttp://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/index.html
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