New Article by tintenfisch

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  1. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Over the course of a year, TONMO.com staff member Kat Bolstad (tintenfisch) visited 10 natural history museums in 7 countries. She has been so kind as to share her experience with us in words and photos, in this newly added article titled, "I Belong in a Museum".

    Thanks very much Kat for your contribution to our community! It's great when we can be eyes and ears for each other and share our experiences with our fellow ceph-heads.

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    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Boy, that article really started to smell toward the end. :wink:

    Wonderful reading Kat :notworth: Thanks for the tour.
     
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    The French entrance makes me worry that they were concerned about what might walk OUT of one of those jars :tomato:

    Kat, when you mention finding twice the diversity in the single species can you unscientifically elaborate a little on what kinds of differences you found?
     
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    mmm, interesting reading ... thanks for sharing a part of your life. haggs
     
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    Nice read! Thanks for sharing! :grin:
     
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    Cool! Thanks!
     
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    Lovely article. I admire the passion despite the head-aching smell of formaldehyde :wink:.
     
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    An odyssey only a few "quirky" people could truely understand Kat.

    I am acutely aware of the decline of Natural History staff in museums and the effect it will have on taxonomy over the next few decades, its a big concern. Even worse specialist taxonomists are slowly being replaced by generalist parataxonomists. I wonder what will happen to the less charismatic animals, worms etc.

    Thanks though K. Your trip puts things in perspective.

    M
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Well said.
     
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    Perhaps they will invent a roving set of specialist that go to the museums rather than sending the specimens off for ... 10 years:confused:
     
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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Sure. My thesis described 26 species of onychoteuthid, which is about 12 more than most recent accounts have listed in this family. I included species that other authors (Nesis 1987, Kubodera et al. 1998, Young et al. 2003) did not list for a variety of reasons:

    Original description not sufficient to diagnose species and/or type material previously believed lost, but re-examined in this study:

    Onychoteuthis bergii
    Onychoteuthis aequimanus
    Onychoteuthis mollis

    Onykia (Onykia) aequatorialis
    Onykia
    (Onykia) indica

    New species:

    Onychoteuthis lacrima Bolstad & Seki in Bolstad, 2008
    Onychoteuthis prolata Bolstad, Vecchione & Young in Bolstad, 2008
    Notonykia nesisi Bolstad, 2007
    Kondakovia nigmatullini Laptikhovsky, Arkhipkin & Bolstad, 2008 (not described in thesis, but mentioned; now published)

    Possible new species (appear different from type species in genus, but each based on a single specimen, at different life stages):

    Gen. nov. 2 (?=Walvisteuthis; see Young et al. 2003) spp. 1, 2, and 3

    ... because some of these species are still based on limited material (some only one specimen, in fact), from various life stages, it is still likely that some of these will turn out to be synonyms - younger names for an earlier described species. However, based on the present material, I have accepted them because each is distinct from all other known species at life stages where comparison is possible.

    Does that help? :bugout:
     
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    Have a great day.|

    
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