Poachers Using Science Papers To Find Targets?

And in today’s “This is absolutely horrible” feature, poachers are apparently using science papers to target new species. “…earlier this year, an announcement in the Zootaxa academic journal that two new species of large gecko had been found in southern China contained a strange omission: the species’ whereabouts. ‘Due to the popularity of this genus as novelty pets, and recurring cases of scientific descriptions driving herpetofauna to near-extinction by commercial collectors, we do not disclose the collecting localities of these restricted-range species in this publication,’ the paper said.”

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