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    Default Mole Crickets

    Hello,

    I am a biologist studying mole crickets and we're hoping to get some DNA samples from South Africa and surrounding countries. If you're interested in helping out and possibly sending some pickled crickets to me I would be very appreciative. Send me message or respond to this post and I'll provide details.

    Thanks!

    Kit

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    What are the permit requirements for sample collection and export postage?
    What details do you need in terms of date, GPS location?
    Would a leg do or do you want the whole specimen?
    What method would you prefer for preservation of samples, freeze in the fridge and put into 99% ETOH?
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    Crickets or cricketers ?

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    Default Permits, Postage

    Hi all,

    Still looking for mole crickets. I should add that we're interested in mole crickets from anywhere in Africa, not just South Africa. We would need specimens pickled in ethanol (or vodka works) along with locality data. As far as permitting is concerned- none is necessary on my end here in the USA. In South Africa I'm not sure if permits are necessary, but I've contacted a few individuals and I will post information in this thread if and when they reply.

    A single leg will work, but the whole cricket is preferred for identification purposes.

    For postage, I expect the cost to be around $25 (250 rand), but this is information from online and it will probably vary depending on the postage company and location. I'd be happy to reimburse you once the package is received. Go ahead and post on this thread if you are willing to help, and I will contact you!

    Thanks again,

    Kit Keane
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    I've been informed that no permits are needed for exporting tissue specimens from South Africa. No paperwork necessary.

    Cheers,

    Kit

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    Owen - enough Vodka left for the crickets>? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJ_Beerman View Post
    Owen - enough Vodka left for the crickets>? :-)
    You must be joking if you think I'd waste vodka on crickets, hell, most of the time I hate wasting lab ethanol on crickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenD View Post
    You must be joking if you think I'd waste vodka on crickets, hell, most of the time I hate wasting lab ethanol on crickets.

    Much better in coke. 99% goes a long way

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenD View Post
    You must be joking if you think I'd waste vodka on crickets, hell, most of the time I hate wasting lab ethanol on crickets.

    Much better in coke. 99% goes a long way
    And blinds frequent users.. Just before it kills them..

    Maybe we could send a couple of samples to a central point and then ship it off as one consignment?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Willied View Post
    And blinds frequent users.. Just before it kills them..
    That would be methanol
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    Hi Kitkeane do you take them with their system filled with dishwasher liquid and their skulls crushed? Then I have PLENTY !!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawid View Post
    That would be methanol
    I have been missing out..

    Ps. I knew there were two, just not which was which.. My mother worked in a laboratory and some of the cleaning staff got into the reserves and shortly after they had new staff members..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepiscool View Post
    Hi Kitkeane do you take them with their system filled with dishwasher liquid and their skulls crushed? Then I have PLENTY !!!


    They can be crushed but I would prefer no detergent just to be safe. Also it's best to freeze/pickle them somewhat soon after death to prevent DNA degradation.

    Thanks for all the attention and replies- a few people have messaged me but I'm still looking for mole crickets, so if you're interested in helping out, let me know!

    Cheers,

    Kit Keane

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