[Taxacom] What's missing from this picture?

Robin Leech releech at telus.net
Sun Sep 6 09:46:10 CDT 2009

Hi Bob,
You had better talk to the people at the Queensland Museum, CSIRO in 
Canberra and
a few in Perth.  People at these places have described new species of 
spiders, mites and insects.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Mesibov" <mesibov at southcom.com.au>
To: "TAXACOM" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Sunday, September 06, 2009 5:54 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] What's missing from this picture?

> Here in Australia we celebrate National Threatened Species Day every 7 
> September. (Don't blame me, I'm just stating a fact.) A media release for 
> this special day from World Wildlife Fund Australia has been picked up by 
> the news services (e.g. 
> http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/06/2677706.htm?section=australia), 
> and you can find the full glossy release at http://www.wwf.org.au/
> A quote from the release: 'In the last decade at least 1300 new species 
> have been discovered across Australia'
> Sounds low? Well, it decodes as 1072 plants, 195 fish, 74 reptiles, 13 
> amphibians and 7 mammals. The release then highlights these finds in the 
> order (mammals, amphibians, reptiles, plants, fish), which is no doubt the 
> result of careful market research (frogs are popular biodiversity icons in 
> Australia).
> All of us working on non-WWF taxa can only wonder where we went wrong. 
> Maybe I should stop saying I study 'invertebrates', which is after all a 
> monstrously paraphyletic grouping. I'm happy to report, though, that our 
> major public broadcaster has put up a gallery of threatened species with 
> inverts as 5 of 12 images:
> http://www.abc.net.au/science/photos/?site=science&gallery=/science/photos/xml/09red.xml
> -- 
> Dr Robert Mesibov
> Honorary Research Associate
> Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
> School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
> Home contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
> (03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195
> Website: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/mesibov.html
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