Live specimen type

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Subject: Live specimen type
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2006 11:17:25 +0100
Hi all,
just a note to say hello as I'm a new member of the group in prep for a visit 
next year.

I'd just like to add that the hopefully new trend of not killing a new species 
for a type specimen as mentioned by L and L Knight was also applied to the 
recently discovered Bugun Liocichla in N.E India.  In this case however the 
apparently very small population of birds was given as the reason for not 
killing one. It is considered on current knowledge that the species population 
is so small that the killing of even one individual could have an impact on the 
survival of the species.

This approach did cause some debate however among the die hard traditionalists 
who argued  that there was no substitute for a reference specimen.

Advances in DNA technology and digital photography formed the main part of the 
counter argument.

Cheers, Andy Adcock, UK

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