S. FL freshwater invertebrates

Robert Godshalk wetlands at FLMNH.UFL.EDU
Fri Jan 29 18:25:29 CST 1999

Greetings Taxacom members -

I am working on a project sponsored by the South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD). As part of routine operations, SFWMD technicians collect
and preserve specimens from the rivers, lakes and wetlands under the SFWMD
jurisdiction. The annual volume of these specimens can be quite large. As
many as 5000 lots of organisms may be collected each year from as many as
500 different locations. As these technicians are not capable of making the
necessary identifications, we are attempting to locate experts in the
appropriate taxonomic discipline, e.g. freshwater mollusks, aquatic
insects, freshwater crustacea.

If proposed funding is approved, these lots will be transported to the
Univ. of Florida for sorting, then on to the appropriate specialist for
identification. The bulk of the identifications would be during the first
year of the proposed project,  tapering off as the ID database and
reference collections grow. The collection of specimens is required to
continue annually,  so I expect services from specialists will be required
for some years to come.

We are also compiling a database of the existing biological and systematics
collections corresponding to south Florida and would like information on
relevant material held by you or your institution.

We are looking for specialists to join our invertebrate ID team. This
project can potentially benefit you, your collections and/or your
institution. At this time, we are seeking only people and collections
located in Florida. If you have the appropriate expertise and have interest
in knowing more about this project please reply. We appreciate any
pertinent information that you might have regarding colleagues,
collections, or institutions that we should contact.

Thank you,

Robert Godshalk               wetlands at flmnh.ufl.edu
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-6573          FAX (352) 392-9367

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