Interesting enough, where all these pretendedly "for-trade-collected"
specimens go to. A friend of mine wants them but they are not available
anywhere. OK, this is todays situation and they might have been in the trade
before or only in the USA. Anyway, a species in that situation you describe
should be restricted from collecting and only be free to institutions for
study or/and propagation (zoos etc.).
Every responsibly thinking hobbyist will keep his fingers off from those
species (I hope!).
BTW - is it listed?
> Von: "Bruce Stallsmith" <fundulus_at_hotmail.com>
> Antworten an: nanfa_at_aquaria.net
> Datum: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 11:35:26 -0500
> An: nanfa_at_aquaria.net
> Betreff: RE: NANFA-- Collecting ethics
> One species of cold-blooded vertebrate affected by collecting (ANY
> collecting) is the green salamander, _Aneides aeneus_. It's a
> rock crevice dwelling species native to the southern Appalachians. Chris
> Wilson at Appalachian State Univ. in NC did his doctoral work surveying
> several NC populations in the 1990s and observed a dramatic decline, both
> during his field work and especially compared to earlier surveys from the
> 1970s. The species may actually be four species, all of which currently
> exist as isolated "population islands". Several populations exist on public
> lands. Both scientific and hobbyist/pet-trade collecting appear to have
> contributed to destabilizing increasingly vulnerable populations (so-called
> stochastic processes, or in this case, decline through random events).
> For a review of WIlson's work and status of this salamander, go to:
> --Bruce Stallsmith
> Huntsville, AL, US of A
>>> <)> Still waiting for evidence that collecting of fish
>>> <)> or any other cold-blooded
>>> <)> animal has ever lead to extinction.
>> This is where I think that the views on this topic are nearsighted. It is
>> not that it may lead to extiction, it is that it is not helping to
>> the species by still allowing for unrestricted collection or possession.
>> You are reducing genetic diversity and therefore *possibly* weakening the
>> species as a whole. There is much that humans don't know about population
>> dynamics and that is why I vote for erring on the side of caution and not
>> allowing just anyone who thinks they know what they are doing to keep the
>> species. Unfortunately, it is reactive and not proactive, but that is a
>> whole other thread ;).
>> Nick Zarlinga
>> Aquarium Biologist
>> Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
>> 216.661.6500 ext 4485
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