extinction by collecting
Chris J. Durden
drdn at mail.utexas.edu
Tue May 16 23:06:20 EDT 2000
Hey, let's keep looking. Collectors are not all that smart. Possible
survivors may have a boom year yet, and be noticed. Do you have a list of
years when it was vouchered or observed.
At 08:02 17/05/00 -0400, you wrote:
>It is widely believed that Mitchell's Satyr was eliminated from its last
>known New Jersey location by collecting. As the species got rarer the
>collecting pressure increased. It was not listed as endangered until
>years later. Whether you accept that collecting was the only straw or
>the last straw (natural local extinctions happen), it is ironic that a
>species has to become really rare before the regulatory system is allow
>to protect it.
>But in this case the fen habitat still exists (several fens in fact).
>It's possible that the species still exists, but it has not been found
>(or at least admitted to) by anyone.
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