scarce vs local
DR. JAMES ADAMS
JADAMS at em.daltonstate.edu
Thu Aug 24 12:15:32 EDT 2000
I would like to reiterate what Eric Metzler points out about leps
(hi, Eric). With insects, whose reproductive capabilities can be
incredible, and for so many species for which we may know
virtually *nothing* about life history requirements, I agree
wholeheartedly that the terms endangered, scarce, threatened, etc.
are undoubtedly misapplied with some frequency. The term(s) I
use most often to describe species that *seem* uncommon, etc. is
*infrequently encountered*. As Eric eloquently indicates, without
knowledge of precise habitat requirements, and without complete
knowledge of how to attract (encounter) species, it seems
ridiculous to propose that a species is scarce, endangered, etc.
This is *especially* true if a species is apparently found over a wide
range, but simply *infrequently encountered* within that range.
Dr. James K. Adams
Dept. of Natural Science and Math
Dalton State College
213 N. College Drive
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (706)272-4427; fax: (706)272-2533
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