[Taxacom] Early warning

Sergio Henriques henriquesbio at gmail.com
Sat Sep 26 08:23:44 CDT 2020

Thank you for the warning Carlos,

If you find it appropriate to share more of your sources privately, I will
be happy to revise that information.

Meanwhile I will be sure to raise that issue with journal editors.

All the best
Chair of IUCN Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group

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On Sat, 26 Sep 2020, 10:30 Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz via Taxacom, <
taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:

> Dear Taxacomers,
> I see signs of a new species of tarantula being in process of description.
> The researcher already published a non-spider species based on material
> that was illegally collected and illegally imported to Europe. Based on the
> timing of events, the spiders may have the same or similar origin. I
> encourage journal editors and reviewers to extra check for legal origin of
> tarantula specimens, and to keep an eye open for incomplete specimen data,
> such as collectors not stated in the manuscript. Illegal trade of
> tarantulas is decimating wild populations, and the last thing that I want
> to see is researchers fueling it.
> I also raise the issue that attempted whitewashing of illegal specimens
> through scientific papers harms the entire taxonomic community. We may not
> notice when new species based on illegal specimens come to light, but every
> time this happens, the network of illegal collectors and dealers do know.
> Then, just because of scientific misconduct of a few researchers, we all
> end up seen as hypocrites that "do it too".
> Another thing. When these cases happen and the holding institution
> discovers that it ended up receiving illegal specimens, my position is that
> there are no excuses for not returning the specimens to the country of
> origin.
> Kind regards,
> Carlos A. Martínez Muñoz
> Zoological Museum, Biodiversity Unit
> FI-20014 University of Turku
> Finland
> Myriatrix <http://myriatrix.myspecies.info/>
> ResearchGate profile
> <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carlos_Martinez-Munoz>
> Myriapod Morphology and Evolution
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