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It is with great pleasure and gratitude that the Natural History Museum of Crete-University of Crete (NHMC-UoC) received a very important donation of scorpions in April 2023 from Victor Fet, Professor in the Department of Biology at Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia, USA).

The donation concerns more than 50 scorpion samples, which come mainly from Greece but also from other countries. The donation was immediately included in the Arthropods’ collection of the NHMC-UoC, where it was preserved and catalogued.

Those specimens together with all the rest of the NHMC-UoC’s collections are available to the entire scientific community for research and study.

We thank Mr. Victor Fet for his valuable donation, which enriches our Museum’s collections with rare and unique specimens from many regions of the world. We hope that his act will find other imitators, as the specimens housed in museums receive the best preservation and promotion and are open and accessible to the entire scientific and other community.

Prof. Victor Fet has studied at the University of Novosibirsk (Russia) and received his PhD from the Zoological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of St. Petersburg (Russia). Since 1988 he lives and works in the USA. He studies the genetics, biogeography, systematics, evolution and phylogeny of scorpions. For the last 20 years he has been working closely with Greek scientists (Iasmi Stathi/MFIK-PK, Aristides Parmakelis/EKPA, Dimitris Kaltsas/Biologist, etc.) in research related to the scorpions of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, in general. You can see more about him here:

His donation is an honor and an important legacy for our Museum and we thank him for his trust and selfless offer.

The Director of the Arthropod Laboratory, Apostolos Trichas

The technician of the laboratory, Liubitsa-Aggeliki Kardaki