Why New Species Usually Move to Museums and Herbaria?

Why New Species Usually Move to Museums and Herbaria?

Researchers blame lack of experts, funds and resources for the long `shelf life' of all the new species.

If the reports of the November 20th issue of the Cell Press journal Current Biology are studied, one will find that there are several worlds' most unfamiliar species that are still waiting on museum shelves for their chance to get described and presently doing nothing but just collecting dust.

Yes, the report has clearly revealed that on an average a newly collected species is described in approx 20 years or even more sometimes and this period has been stated as the species' "shelf life" for which experts blame nothing else but lack of experts, funds and resources that are must to do such jobs.

"Species new to science are almost never recognized as such in the field", says Mr. Benoit Fontaine of Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. "Our study explains why it often happens that we describe species which were collected alive decades ago and which can be extinct now -- just as astronomers study the light of stars which do not exist anymore".

The professional has explained that there are several species that are rare and are represented in collections by a single specimen but the problem occurs when Taxonomists prefer waiting for more specimens of new species to describe it, which results in nothing but increased move of things to the world's museums and herbaria.


FrenchTribune Specials

Rally Raises Awareness about Infant Mortality on Labor Day

On Monday (September 1), around 50 people took part in a rally at Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester for expecting mothers, and to draw attention about their options when it comes to childbirth. A group of mothers and other supporters also gathered for this cause with signs and with a purpose to raise awareness about infant mortality.

The...

Most Popular

Toxic Green Algae Blooms in San Joaquin County Waterways

According to the health officials, the green and smelly...

Mangalyaan to Reach Mars Orbit on Sep. 24

According to Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO),...

Japan to bring Gundam Robot Back to Life

A team of engineers in Japan is endeavoring to revive a...

Pot Industry in US Growing at a Tremendous Speed: Report

The huge marijuana business expo held near Seattle shows...

Poll

Can Greece Come out of Economic Problems: