[Taxacom] the hurdle for all biodiv informatics initiatives
cavexplorer at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 03:23:27 CST 2010
>I doubt that even a single decent Malaise trap sample has ever been FULLY
>sorted and indentified and curated.
It was as early as 1983 that D.F. Owen wrote "If a trap is left at the same
site for a whole season an enormous amount of information is obtained. It is
possible to compare sites and to compare seasons, but impossible to do the
necessary taxonomic work on all the insects collected". That is why the 8
authors of the book 228 pages book "Brand-Stof. Een inventarisatie van de
Entomofauna van het Natuurreservaat 'De Brand' in 1990 / red.: J.W.A. van
Zuilen et al, Tilburg 1996, ISBN 90-9010129-2" proved otherwise: they
managed to identify all 90344 Arthropoda from a single malaisetrap to
species level (2142 species). Not in a single sunday afternoon I suppose.
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