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Tuesday, 08 January 2013


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Megan Raby

The move toward this kind of specificity is coming from increased interests in the ecological context and behavior of species in the 20th century. Turn of the 20th c. handbooks for ornithology, for example, implore collectors to observe and note habits and habitats of animals before collecting them. No longer was the specimen itself enough. In looking at Panamanian plant collections (JSTOR Plant Science), too, you see a broad shift from specimens labelled simply "Panama" or "Darien" or the name of a mountain (with no indication of elevation), to much more specific locale data. Noting roads is important habitat information (edge, recently disturbed), but also, when lat/long was unavailable, a good way to be more specific about locality.

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