[Taxacom] De-extinction & Rhachistia aldabrae

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Tue Oct 21 01:01:43 CDT 2014


And this weevil from N.Z.: 

Young, L.M.; Marris, J.W.M.; Pawson, S.M. 2008: Back from extinction: rediscovery of the Canterbury knobbled weevil Hadramphus tuberculatus (Pascoe 1877) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), with a review of its historical distribution. New Zealand journal of zoology, 35(4): 323–330. doi: 10.1080/03014220809510129


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On Tue, 21/10/14, Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Taxacom] De-extinction & Rhachistia aldabrae
 To: gread at actrix.gen.nz
 Cc: "TAXACOM" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
 Received: Tuesday, 21 October, 2014, 5:14 AM
 
 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.
 http://biodiversitylibrary.org/item/122980#page/279/mode/1up
 
 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
 Home contact:
 PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
 (03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195
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