[Taxacom] De-extinction & Rhachistia aldabrae

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Tue Oct 21 00:14:25 CDT 2014

Victoria has form in rediscovery of extinct invertebrates. See:

Doeg, T.J. 1997. Gone today, here tomorrow - extinct aquatic macroinvertebrates in Victoria. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 56(2): 531-535.

Doeg makes the point that formal conservation listing criteria aren't really appropriate for invertebrates "given the information available for the majority of species, so that any list produced will always be inadequate and sometimes incorrect" (p. 535)

Or as my wife likes to put it, 'Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence, especially with your millipedes [and other small, cryptic animals]'.
Dr Robert Mesibov
Honorary Research Associate
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania
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