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Specimen Verification Guidelines for Level 2 Tests


The following information is required for each genus

  • Order, Family, Genus
  • Region: EAST or WEST (or Both)
  • Distribution: Widespread (1), Common (2) or Rare (3)

(specify for each region (East and West) if different)


  • The specimens must be identifiable using only a stereo microscope at 40X magnification for Group 1 ( Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, Odonata, Insecta, Trombidiformes and Crustacea), Group 2 (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera) and Group 5 ( Mollusca), and without need for dissection (this may make some genera unsuitable for exam purposes).
  • Specimens for Groups 3 and 4 should be identifiable with compound microscopes at  400X-1000X magnification.                 


  • The specimens must be of a size and maturity to be able to see all the keyable parts.


  • Discard any specimens you feel are of inferior condition ie. too small or immature or missing parts for standard identification given examination parameters. (Please no cotton wool in specimen vials)


  • Also if you could note any key issues or synonyms that you are aware of for a particular genus. Avoid genera that require dissection for identification.


  • Return the specimens to the TCP with a final count of examination quality specimens.

(Each vial containing multiple specimens of a single genus.)





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