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Erich Volschenk

When I wear my research hat, my primary interest is in the systematics of Australian Scorpions as well as the Scorpion family Buthidae. My secondary interests are systematics of pseudoscorpions and centipedes (Geophilomorpha, Cryptopidae).

When I wear my consulting hat at Alacran Environmental Science, my interests are short-range endemics and subterranian fauna (mostly troglobites). In both cases I extensively use morphology and molecular methods for species delimitation and asessment of conservation significance.

Erich's work profile

Erich works in the following sector(s): Collections Institution, Consultancy

Erich's primary institution is: Alacran Environmental Science

Erich's position is: Principal Scientist (Owner)

Erich's work in taxonomy 

Erich has the following roles: Collecting, Specimen preparation, Identification, Research, Collection Management, Institution Management, Editing publishing and reviewing

Erich's skills are in Species delimitation, Phylogenetics, Classification, Genetics & Genomics, Imaging, Other

Erich works on the taxonomy of Animals, Myriapods, Arachnids, Pseudoscorpions, Scorpions, Australian Scorpions, Buthidae: Lychas, Isometroides, Isometrus, Australobuthus, Hemilychas; Urodacidae, Urodacus; Bothriuridae; Cercophonius; Hormuridae, Hormurus. Cryptic centipedes, Scolopendromorpha, Cryptopidae; Geophilomorpha (soil centipedes): Oryidae, Chilenophilidae, Mecistocephalidae.

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