naming expeditions

Barry M. OConnor bmoc at UMICH.EDU
Fri Jan 28 08:23:16 CST 2000

At 4:48 PM +0800 1/28/00, Jones, Brian Dr wrote:
>Off the subject a bit - but relevant to names of expeditions:
>During WW2 the New Zealand Govt stationed observers on the sub-antarctic
>islands (which had been used by German surface raiders in WW1)...

A few decades ago the US Army funded a number of major surveys of small
mammals and their ectoparasites.  Results were published for some of these,
with a large number of new parasitic mites/insects described as a result.
Such things appear to be out of fashion now.  We've seen pictures of
moon-suited epidemiologists doing similar things looking for the ebola
virus, but where are the monographs from those collections?  Probably
non-existent, because nowadays, it's OK for things to go undetermined.  I'm
not sure that the specimens collected during those surveys even were saved.

So many mites, so little time!
Barry M. OConnor
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