[Taxacom] Early warning

Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz biotemail at gmail.com
Sat Sep 26 08:32:05 CDT 2020


Dear Sergio,
Thank you for reaching out. I will contact you directly about this issue.
Kind regards,
Carlos

Carlos A. Martínez Muñoz
Zoological Museum, Biodiversity Unit
FI-20014 University of Turku
Finland
Myriatrix <http://myriatrix.myspecies.info/>
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El sáb., 26 sept. 2020 a las 16:24, Sergio Henriques (<
henriquesbio at gmail.com>) escribió:

> 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
> Sergio
> 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
>> <https://www.facebook.com/groups/205802113162102/>
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