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- n. Plural form of holotype.
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The embassy said holotypes must be kept in museums or reputed institutions where they will be made available to scientists worldwide.
Polaszek et al. (2005) responded to these criticisms by arguing that the ICZN does actually allow the recognition of taxa without holotypes (Article 73.1.4), and they argued that conservation concerns should encourage zoologists to catalogue species on the basis of vocalisations, molecular information and so on, and that ‘dead animal specimens should not be understood to be essential to the process of establishing new taxa’ (p. 2165).
Let me give you an example: In 1988 I was working in the Mineralogical Museum in Delft, which also holds holotypes of indonesian triassic foraminafera.
The collection includes several holotypes and isotypes - specimens used to define a species.