There was a brief discussion on this blog a few weeks ago about why scientists don’t pay more attention to the grey literature from us amateurs http://mammalwatching.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/hairy-nosed-otter-and-other-small-carnivores-photographed-in-sabah/
I just had an interesting exchange with a group of small carnivore specialists who had stumbled on my trip report from Java.
They were interested in the pictures I had taken of very pale Small Toothed Palm Civets in Gunung Halimun National Park. It appears that the Small Toothed Palm Civet in Java is almost certainly a different species to that found elsewhere, and one for which very few recent records are available (perhaps because though the animals I saw were easy to see in a spotlight they are much less likely to be picked up on camera traps). So my pictures will contribute to a note they are writing on the status of this species. But, as proof that some of my records are greyer than others, they let me know that what I thought was a Javan Warty Pig was just the local flavour of Wild Boar. I couldn’t find any pictures of Javan Warty Pigs and had based my ID on a description from a field guide, so they sent some pictures through of a rather different looking beast.
I guess this all goes to show how important it is to take pictures whenever possible.