The lectotype for the Asian elephant, Elephas maximus Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia, Proboscidea) and comments on ‘primary, secondary and tertiary syntypes’ and ‘virtual lectotype designation’

Gentry, Anthea and Lister, Adrian M. and Roos, Anna Marie and Gilbert, M. Thomas P. and Cappellini, Enrico (2014) The lectotype for the Asian elephant, Elephas maximus Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia, Proboscidea) and comments on ‘primary, secondary and tertiary syntypes’ and ‘virtual lectotype designation’. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 71 (3). pp. 208-213. ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Last November a group of colleagues and ourselves designated a lectotype for the
Asian elephant, Elephas maximus Linnaeus, 1758, having used morphology and
genetic and proteomic sequencing to confirm that Linnaeus’s syntypes included both
Asian and African elephants. The article was published (Cappellini et al., 2013)
online in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, together with eight items of
Supplementary Information, and appeared on paper in the ZJLS in January 2014.
The paper and SI items are available online at DOI:10.1111/zoj.12084.
The lectotype is a very nearly complete mounted skeleton on display in the Natural
History Museum of the University of Florence. John Ray described the specimen in
1673 and 1693 and Linnaeus cited Ray’s 1693 publication. The lectotype designation
is available and valid. Dubois, Nemésio & Bour, however, have criticised our choice
of selected specimen (published in Bionomina, June 2014; a preview is available online
at http://mapress.com/bionomina/content.htm). We are concerned because they have
demonstrated misunderstanding or ignorance of a number of aspects of the
International Code of Zoological Nomenclature

Keywords:lectotype, Asian Elephant, International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, bmjgoldcheck, NotOAChecked
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C300 Zoology
C Biological Sciences > C440 Molecular Genetics
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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ID Code:14719
Deposited On:20 Aug 2014 07:29

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