Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment
Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) Permit is open until 19 August 2019
Applicant: Department of Entomology, National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
Species/Taxon: (including non-target species likely to be affected)
Insecta: Coleoptera: families Dytiscidae, Elmidae, Hydraenidae, Hydrophilidae, Scarabaeidae, Staphylinidae
Location: Savage River National Park, Cradle Mt – Lake St Clair National Park, The Franklin – Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Mt Field National Park, Southwest National Park, Hartz Mountain National Park, Ben Lomond National Park, Douglas-Apsley National Park (2-3 sites with suitable habitats for target groups will be sampled in each park.
Title of research: Biogeography and evolution of austral leaf litter and riparian beetles – Australian part
Aim of project: To collect and sequence endemic genera of selected riparian and leaf litter beetles of former landmasses which were part of the Mesozoic southern continent of Gondwana; we will reconstruct the evolutionary history of these groups and clarify their origin.
Justification: Crucial taxa for our project have been collected mostly or exclusively in regions classified today as National Parks. It is because they mostly require environments without severe human impact (e.g. primary temperate rainforests). Most target genera were collected very rarely and most of them have never been sequenced, not much is known about their conservation status and origin. Through our sampling and time calibrated phylogenies, our work will provide information on importance of conservation and origin of this part of Australian and Tasmanian fauna. The outcome of our study can be thus used for conservation purposes and protected area management.
Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved: 10 per species/site
Activities undertaken and methods: (1) sampling of standing waters; (2) sampling of running waters; (3) sifting of leaf litter; (4) live pitfall traps; (5) collecting at light; (6) hand collecting.
Fate of animals: All specimens collected will be kept as vouchers (for DNA extractions we will use non-destructive methods). Vouchers will be deposited in the collection of the Australian National Insect Collection.
Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch): Most of these genera/species have never been studied in greater detail and none of them are currently listed as endangered. Although many of target genera/species were rarely collected, they are usually present in great abundances on suitable sites. Our plan is to collect maximally ten individuals per species per site to minimise the impact on target species while obtaining enough material for our project. No vertebrate taxa will be impacted.