taxonomy

Brian Jones jbj at frc.maf.govt.nz
Mon Oct 28 19:46:52 EST 1991


The modern zoological taxonomic system relies on the type concept.
A unique specimen is designated the type, or name bearer, and is
deposited in a museum. Any future query as to the identity of the 
species can then be referred back to the original specimen.

This has worked well in the past, for specimens which could be
bottled or mounted. However how do we cope with species identified
on the basis of EM micrographs?
I notice that many recent EM papers basing new descriptions on 
ultrastructure don't bother with type deposition.

As a reviewer of taxonomic m/s submitted for publication, am I
justified in requesting that some form of reference material be
deposited in a museum? What would that reference material be - the
grids?

Brian Jones |jbj at frc.maf.govt.nz




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