Thread subject: Diptera.info :: Describing a fly
Posted by Kahis on 07-12-2007 19:42
There is no universal template. Descriptions vary the the preference of the author. A normal good description mentions all characters that are known to be variable within the genus (or family), plus anything else that sets the new species apart. Even now, many descriptions are little better than a list of differences between the new species are a previously known one.