Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

NZAC: Postscript

Sampling for nematodes and mites.

Sampling for nematodes and mites.

Many biological species cannot be identified just by studying dead specimens. Systematists must turn to other evidence and other disciplines to make valid decisions about species boundaries by considering:

  • aspects of insect behaviour
  • aspects of biochemistry
  • differences in host plants.
However, the basis of biological systematics will long continue to be collections of well-documented specimens such as NZAC.