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Re-curation of the Linnaean Hymenoptera (Insecta), with a reassessment of the taxonomic importance of the collection

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Oxford University Press
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  • Linnaeus
  • Insect-Collections
  • Hymenoptera
  • Re-Curation
  • History
  • Type-Status


Abstract The history of acquisition and maintenance of the Linnaean insect collections is briefly summarized. Curatorial details (such as kinds of label) are discussed, chiefly with reference to Hymenoptera. Some misleading opinions concerning the taxonomic value of the collections and the nature of Linnaean type-material are examined and a practical approach is recommended. The rationale governing re-curation of the collections is detailed, and the present contents of the collection of Hymenoptera are listed in order to inform interested specialists.

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