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From Nature journal:
The name game
12 September 2012
After several years of wrangling, zoologists can now name new species online only.
With access to the Internet, the (official) world of animals and plants will soon be at your fingertips. In a landmark ruling, zoologists last week agreed that newly identified species can be named in online-only publications. Previously, the first official description of anything that crawled, flew, wriggled, walked or swam across Earth needed to be formally written up and recorded in print, where it would remain in perpetuity for future scientists to reference.
That made sense when Henry Fairfield Osborn described Tyrannosaurus rex in 1905; less so when Rob Gay named a new theropod, Kayentavenator elysiae, in 2010, which helps to explain why Gay broke with convention and claimed the first description of the species in a self-published print-on-demand book.
As technology blurred the distinction between what is published and what is not, some predicted online anarchy, with ‘taxonomic vandals’ taking to the Internet to self-publish reports of new species. An obvious solution to the problem would have been to extend the rules from print to cover online scientific journals, and to draw the line there. But there were concerns about whether online journals would endure. In a messy compromise, online journals that published descriptions of new species printed and bound several dozen copies of the paper — in case a twenty-second-century palaeontologist should call. In an even messier compromise, some scientists printed papers from journal websites and posted them to libraries themselves.
No more. The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), which sets the rules for the naming of new species, announced on 4 September that it was relaxing its code to encompass publication in online-only publications. The change, which followed a vote of 23 in favour to 3 against, with one abstention, comes into force at the start of next year. The amendment allows for descriptions of new species in “widely accessible electronic copies with fixed content and layout”. New animal species will also need to be registered with ZooBank.org, the official registry of the ICZN.
Many of the world’s most unfamiliar species are just sitting around on museum shelves collecting dust. That’s according to a report in the November 20th issue of the Cell Press journal Current Biology showing that it takes more than 20 years on average before a species, newly collected, will be described: here.
New species photos: here.
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- At least one-third of marine species remain undescribed (esciencenews.com)
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