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Member Rosalia

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Posted - 05/12/2017 :  22:00:17  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Today I'm getting this quite destabilizing message:

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My feeling after that is ambivalent. a mixture of guilt and disappointment.
I am reproached for not thanking the photographer by name; to have studied insects without authorization; to have kept my holotypes in my personal collection.
do we have to meet the requirements of Australian institutions or, on the contrary, resist?

Before giving an answer that may be too emotionally driven, I would like to know what you would do if you were faced with this kind of pressure?

Member Rosenbergia

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Posted - 05/12/2017 :  22:15:42  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Hi Philippe,

First, ICZN does not require you to deposit holotypes in a "public museum". It is only a recommendation.

Second, Australian officials would probably deny you a research permit to collect in Australia if you applied for one.

Third, what's done is done. Maybe send them an apology regarding the image.

You can always deposit the material in the Western Australian museum and then publish a correction or addendum.

You might also tell Mr. Hudson that you spent hundreds of hours and a great deal of money to create this publication and he could at least appreciate the effort.

Needless to say, when dealing with new species from Mexico, I am faced with a similar problem. I have usually returned material to Mexico. You can't make everybody happy all of the time.
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