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Type Status (Taxonomy)

Field to be used with an authority listField used for natural science collectionsSociété des musées québécois Info-Muse database field


  • This field indicates whether the specimen is a type or the type status to which it belongs.


  1. The type status identifies the specimen used to describe the species.
  2. Types that have been named and are awaiting publication should be entered as "ms type"; after publication, the entry can be corrected to the appropriate type status. However, this principle does not apply to botany, in which case a specimen must necessarily be covered in a publication to be recognized.
  3. For better search results in your database, avoid a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add keywords as necessary. You can use the following authority list:1

    ms type

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the type status, in the singular form.
    Example 1

    A Dolerus similis, an insect from British Columbia, mentioned in a publication in which it was designated a paratype

      Discipline invertebrate zoology; entomology
      Genus Dolerus
    Type status paratype
      Originating Country Canada
      Originating Province British Columbia
    Example 2

    Specimens of Salix x pellicolor Lepage (a hybrid specimen from Quebec) were designated paratypes and isotypes in a publication. Record for one of these specimens, designated an isotype.

      Discipline botany
      Speciesx pellicolor
    Type status isotype
      Originating Country Canada
      Originating ProvinceQuebec
  2. This field may not contain more than one entry.

  1. You can consult the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (St. Louis Code) ( [Information up to date on June 20, 2006]. © Société des musées du Québec