Posts tagged ‘specimens’
Biological nomenclature and taxonomy are both different yet also somehow interconnected. It is sometimes stated that the two kinds of practices are largely independent of each other. Yet we also know that – to some degree – Code-compliant nomenclature must respond to taxonomic change. Pyle & Michel (2008) review the relationship of nomenclature and taxonomy in (what seem to me) often reiterated terms. They write (pages 41-42):
Continuing from Part 1, this post documents the ongoing process of accessioning a large donation corresponding to the Ira Nadborne insect collection. Having frozen all donated material for an entire week, we can now safely sort through the specimens and curate them into our main collection. The first part of this journey is to determine which specimens we are keeping, and to move them out of their dermestid frass-filled boxes.
Today marked our first full day of work to transfer a very generous donation to the ASUHIC from David Ceizyk (and family). The Ceizyk donation contains large amounts of material originally from the Collection of Ira Nadborne, a long-time collector whose collection is rumored to number around 2,000,000 specimens. This post is the first of a series which will show not only the progress of processing this donation, but also walk through the steps of accessioning; that is, bringing new material into a research collection. View Part 2 here.
1. The Nadborne material
Pictured above is perhaps a fifth of the material contained in this large collection. Many of the specimens are pinned into various boxes (Schmidt boxes, Cornell drawers, European style museum boxes, and a vast array of homemade cardboard storage boxes). A large number of specimens are also unmounted, and stored between sheets of paper in the boxes seen on the left of the aisle.
This week ASUHIC received two paratype specimens of a new species of clubtail dragonfly – Erpetogomphus molossus Bailowitz, Danforth & Upson ((Odonata: Anisoptera: Gomphidae) – from the Yécora Municipio in Sonora, Mexico. Many thanks to co-author Sandy Upson for this deposition. The corresponding Zootaxa publication can be accessed here. Holotype and allotype specimens reside in the collection of the Instituto Biológico de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City.
Reference: Bailowitz, R. D. Danforth & S. Upson. 2013. Erpetogomphus molossus, a new species from Sonora, Mexico (Odonata: Anisoptera: Gomphidae). Zootaxa 3734: 559–570. Link