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Re: New descriptions(IMPORTANT!!)
- To: killietalk at aka_org
- Subject: Re: New descriptions(IMPORTANT!!)
- From: Rjga at aol_com
- Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 12:01:21 EDT
In my opinion, no person should attempt to describe and name a new species
unless he or she has been trained by an ichthyologist who has described
species before. If one believes he/she has a new species, the information on
where it came from and a photograph should be sent to a scientist who has
published on the group. If that scientist thinks it might be new, he/she will
probably ask for specimens, which one should be willing to supply dead or
alive and, if dead, preserved exactly as requested. To jump the gun is a
disservice to ichthyology, and it can be embarrassing as well. Years ago, Joe
Ricco and I collaborated on describing Aphyosemion melanopteron.
Subsequently, J.J. Scheel pointed out that this fish was already known as A.
congicum. I was embarrassed by the error, and should have stuck with
describing and naming things I knew about - marine tapeworms. So being an
expert in one area doesn't qualify a person to act like an expert in another.
I knew the rules of nomenclature, but I was no expert on Aphyosemion. Believe
me, it's no honor to describe and name a fish, but it's a dishonor to
confuse the ichthyology literature.
Robert J. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Robert J. Goldstein & Associates, Inc.
8480 Garvey Drive
Raleigh, NC 27616 USA
tel (919) 872-1174
fax (919) 872-9214
e-mail rgoldstein at rjgaCarolina_com
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