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Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes submission

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Queensland Museum but actually "Science"
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Government Department - State
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Online Written Submission
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Comment on specific Sections, clauses or sentences of draft revised Code of Practice
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Comment on specific Sections, clauses or sentences of the draft revised Code of Practice
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Definitions, page 4 of Draft


Voucher specimen: any specimen, usually but not always a dead animal, that serves as a basis of study and is retained as a reference. ‘Type’ specimen is a particular voucher specimen that serves as a basis for taxonomic description of that ^^^species or^^^ subspecies.


The International Code Of Zoological Nomenclature  www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted-sites/iczn/code defines the type as (bolding mine) :

Article 72. General provisions.

72.1. Use of the term "type" relating to specimens. The term "type" forms part of many compound terms used by taxonomists to distinguish between particular kinds of specimens, only some of which are name-bearing types. For the purposes of the Code, three categories of specimens are regulated, namely

72.1.1. type series: all the specimens on which the author established a nominal species-group taxon (with the exception of those excluded [Art. 72.4.1]); in the absence of holotype designation, or the designation of syntypes, or the subsequent designation of a lectotype, all are syntypes and collectively they constitute the name-bearing type;

72.1.2. name-bearing types: specimens with a name-bearing function, whether fixed originally (holotype [Art. 73.1] or syntypes [Art. 73.2]) or fixed subsequently (lectotype [Art. 74] or neotype [Art. 75]);

72.1.3. other specimens: those without a name-bearing function (paratypes [Art. 72.4.5], paralectotypes [Arts. 73.2.2, 74.1.3]; see Glossary for definitions).”


A nominal species-group taxon is species AND subspecies.

Page reviewed: 1 March, 2013