The Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris would likely be the most appropriate Institution if you can't find one in ivory Coast, as they already have a lot of material from the francophone West African countries, dating back to the early "colonial" era. Yes it is very challenging and hard to maintain stable resources in some parts of Africa. I am not even sure whether the collection I established while I was working at the Rwanda Agriculture Research Institute (ISAR) survived through the genocide. 

Luc Leblanc

Curator of the William F. Barr Entomological Museum

University of Idaho, Department of Entomology, Plant pathology and Nematology (EPPN)

875 Perimeter Drive MS 2329

Moscow, ID 83844-2329

Phone: 208-885-7079

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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Frank T. Krell <[log in to unmask]>
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Hi Barry,

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


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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                    
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