To ensure sustainable collecting, a code of conduct has been proposed for the collection of arthropods in general.


  • Collecting of any organism must be undertaken responsibly.

  • Specimens should be killed as humanely as possible.

  • Only specimens necessary for the purpose should be collected.

  • Specimens required for identification only should be released.

  • Endangered, rare or localized specimens should be collected with great restraint.

  • A single locality should not be sampled year after year.

  • Indiscriminate collecting practises are discouraged.

  • Unwanted specimens must be offered to other researchers for their collections, not discarded.

  • Habitat disturbance should be minimal. Pitfall traps and excavated burrows must be filled in.

  • Permission from landowner must be obtained when collecting on private land. Permits must be obtained from the local provincial authorities where necessary.

  • Specimens should not be collected for the manufacture of ornaments or jewellery.

  • Collected specimens must be preserved and the relevant collection details noted.

  • Collection data should be made available to science.


Every specimen that is collected for ecological, taxonomical and physiological purposes must be labelled wit the following information:


  • Name of specimen (if possible)

  • Precise locality and (if possible) GPS co-ordinates

  • Date of collection

  • Name of collector

  • Habitat details and collection method

  • Reference number corresponding to that on notes and other data









Copyright Radan Kaderka (2004)