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.
....Chris Durden

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. 
>M. Gochfeld   

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