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Collecting in Africa
viktor j nilsson
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Posted on 23-08-2010 10:05

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Does anyone here knows anything about local regulations on insect collecting in Cameroon and/or Gabon?
I am planning to visit either of these countries, possibly during this winter, if one of them is much easier to collect in, that would certainly make my choice easier... So: would it be possible for me to collect any insects during a visit, or is it feasible to aquire a collecting permit in time? I am pretty sure that I can get a letter of recommendation from the head of dept. at the natural history museum of Sweden, if necessary. How would I do to get such a permit?

Help much appreciated,

Nikita Vikhrev
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Posted on 23-08-2010 10:50
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at my experience in Africa and Asia:
1. For God's sake, no recommendations, no official contacts! (Local official permision will take a hell lot of your time and... directly bring the problems to you.)
2. You are tourist, a microworld photografer, who use the net to catch fly and to ID who is on photo = a harmless, crazy man.
3. Put material in your non-hand luggage when fly back.

With these rules I had never any problem so far nowhere.
Nikita Vikhrev - Zool Museum of Moscow University
Nikita Vikhrev
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Posted on 23-08-2010 11:17
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I forgot the rule number 4:
4. You are not for insects at all. Insects means butterflies and bettles. You are for flies only.
There is no taxonomist in Gabon to correct this position Grin
Nikita Vikhrev - Zool Museum of Moscow University
Grigory Popov
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Posted on 23-08-2010 12:24

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many thanks and from myself - "for those who understand" Grin

Gerard Pennards
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Posted on 23-08-2010 14:09
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And please take with you all the Syrphids you can find, a lot of African species are ill-known!
You can bring them for me as well, but I can identify them for you if necessary.....GrinGrin
Gerard Pennards
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Posted on 23-08-2010 14:16

Location: Zoelmond, the Netherlands
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And don't forget the harvestmen! For them they are as unimportant as the flies, so same category. The African harvestmen fauna is rather unknow, mildly expressed. Wink

ruud van der weele
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Posted on 23-08-2010 14:48
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collect flies as many as possible. Hopefully you will find some nice Acroceridae, Tachinidae and Mythicos..... Smile Great trip!
Roger Thomason
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Posted on 23-08-2010 15:58
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As the man said in the film JAWS..."We're gonna need a bigger boat".
Viktor...."You're gonna need a bigger Aeroplane". The D.i Mob are on the scran!
viktor j nilsson
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Posted on 23-08-2010 22:54

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Thanks all! I did suspect that was the way to go. I'm just happy that you did not say "YOU WILL BE SHOT". Grin

Gerard, I will surely collect all the syrphids I can get my hands on. They are one of my favourite groups. Of course, I will do other stuff as well, like watching birds and other wildlife, but I am very eager to get some african acalyptrates and aschizans to work with... And I will be happy to share the load with those of you who are interested.

Ruud: if you say that they are so badly known, I take your word for it and I will collect them when I see them.
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Posted on 24-08-2010 02:05
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Fascinating pictures and stories on entomological expeditions to Africa
Edited by ChrisR on 24-08-2010 10:40
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Posted on 24-08-2010 08:34

Location: Zoelmond, the Netherlands
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Viktor, I will be very, very grateful!! It is simple, just put them in EtOH. No more preparation required.
I wish you a great time.

ruud van der weele
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