There is no national or public insect collection in Côte d’Ivoire. Over ten years ago, I tried to establish the former ORSTOM collection in Adiopodoumé as national insect collection, but my Darwin project was rejected at the las possible opportunity. Then my student tried to organize it without funding, because this valuable collection was housed in a shabby little building. She managed to get a dedicated collection room, painted it, and then somebody else moved in.
The collection, originating from the French times, might still be in that shabby building, now under the auspices of CNRA (Centre National de Recherche Agronomique), or not. I haven’t been there for over 10 years. At the time, a biotechnologist was responsible for the collection.
If anybody has more up to date information, I would be happy to hear it, but I would not send any material down there based on my current knowledge.
Dr. Frank-Thorsten Krell
Senior Curator of Entomology, Editor-in-Chief
Commissioner and Councillor, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
Department of Zoology
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80205-5798, U.S.A.
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Sent: Friday, July 12, 2019 8:15 AM
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Subject: Entomology collection in Côte d’Ivoire?
Dear colleagues - A colleague and I are describing some new bee-associated mites collected from museum specimens of the bee hosts. A reviewer of the paper suggested that either holotypes (if required by law) or paratypes be deposited in the country of origin. I generally agree with this sentiment when there are reputable institutions with good track records of specimen conservation in those counries. One of the new species is from a bee collected in Côte d’Ivoire in 1979. I'm not aware of an entomological collection in that country that is well maintained. All I could find on-line are museums of cultural artifacts. Is anyone on the list familiar with such an institution?
I appreciate any help on this!
All the best! - Barry
-So many mites, so little time!
Barry M. OConnor
Emeritus Professor & Curator
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Research Museums Center
University of Michigan phone: 734-763-4354
3600 Varsity Drive fax: 734-763-4080
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2228 e-mail: [log in to unmask]