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Brian Paavo via annelida%40net.bio.net (by paavo from benthicscience.com)
Sat Jun 12 23:30:07 EST 2010

Thanks Geoff!

I haven't seen any convincing data that we are closely approaching an 
asymptote in polychaete taxa! Are there any good data indicating whether 
or not the low numbers are an artefact of the biodiversity collection 
methods (since molluscs and crustaceans survive qualitative dredging so 
well), the number of people able to do the work, or the amount of 
funding/time allotted to annelid work compared to those more charismatic 
groups?  I know many people on this list share my frustration when 
'ecology' or biodiversity projects do not provide adequate 
time/opportunity/funding for work on the underlying organismal biology 
(and taxonomy) which forms the grains of their ecological sandcastles.  
If there is evidence that a methodological change is warranted, perhaps 
we can encourage one with a unified voice?


Brian Paavo, PhD
Benthic Science Limited
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Macandrew Bay, Dunedin
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