If you are interested in the study of mites and parasites, we propose you to make for us occasionnal sample collections. We will be happy to receive samples from you environment and will make our best effort to make a microscopic mount and take photos.
If it is possible for us, we can try to help you identifying the family / genera / species of your samples.
Sample collection should be occasional and should preserve Nature and your Environment ! Please pay attention to your local legislation.
Protocol for sample collection
Subjects of interest
It is very important to have samples entire, not destroyed, not smashed, with all pairs of legs if possible, because all details can be important for identification. Moreover, a wrecked subject will not be interesting and the photo will be bad looking and will probably not allow clear identification.
- Mites already sorted from soil or plant
- Parasites isolated from their host, preferably not gorged with blood.
- Mites in phoresy with or without the phoront, if you can identify the phoront (the insect which is covered with mites), it is preferable, as our competences in entomology are limited.
- Do not collect only one mite ! Several are necessaries, because some of them could be damaged, and for microscopy, it is always prefereable to show several individuals on a slide (show venter and dorsum at least).
How to send
- The sample should be preferably conserved in alcohol (60-70°). A high degree alcohol will degrade the subject, or the subject will be to fragile and break like glass.
- The subject could be sent dry for hard mites or insectes rolled in absorbing paper, but this way of conservation is not prefered.
- The sample should be in small watertight platic tube, like eppendorf for example. Do not forget to tape or tighten correctly the cover lid/cork, to prevent any leakage. Glass tube is prohibited.
- The sample can be sent in an envelop or a package depending on the size. Make sure that the envelop is correctly sealed.
A sample collection should always be accompanied with the following data :
- Geographical location (country, city…),
- Type of ecosystem (forest soil, plumage of bird, under stones, cave,…),
- The type of host or phoront for parasites or phoretic mites, with the species if it is known,
- The date of collection,
- The name and address of the person who is collecting and / or sending the sample.
Local legislation and endangered species
- Please respect your local legislation before sending any sample.
- Please respect sanitary rules before sending any sample particularly with parasites liable to infest other persons or living beings.
- All endangered species should be respected and not collected. For example, ectoparasites found only on another critically endangered species,is often itself an endangered species. See an example here on IUCN red list with Haematopinus oliveri.
Your sample can be sent to the following address :
9 Grande Rue
Please make sure that there is no error in the address, otherwise the sample will never arrive !
Do not forget to note also the address of sender on the envelop or the package.
After receiving your sample
- Be patient ! Obtain a slide of quality is quite difficult, and requires time and patience !
- We will start a process of clarification of the sample for preparing microscopic mount. The clarification process can be very long depending on the subject.
- If you are only interested in a first identification, let us know, we will try to send you information as soon as a result will be obtain. The consulattion of an expert is sometimes required.
- We will keep trace of the collecting person. If you agree, we will mention your name as collector of the sample.
- Once the sample will be mounted and shot, a publication will be done on mites-and-parasites. Do not hesitate to interact with us !
Thank you for your help and your interest.