Dear Yves and all,

Thank you very much for the really sad news ... Please pass also my condolences to his family.

Here you can download a few pictures (Claude, Didier, Yves and myself) taken during your visit at Göttingen university in September 2009 ... (studying forgotten type material of Selenka, Ludwig etc.)

Best wishes,



PD Dr. Mike Reich
Stellv. Direktor / Deputy Director

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Am 2021-09-16 17:50, schrieb Paulay,Gustav:

Dear Yves and all,


Thanks for relaying the sad news.  Although we have corresponded over the years, I have only met Claude once, during the 2006 workshop that got us aspido-geeks together, and from which aspidolist ultimately arose.  That meeting kicks-started many collaborations.  Claude organized it, welcomed the dozen of us gathering, and shared his vast knowledge freely.  He also led a series of trips to European museums to document and evaluate types, providing a solid foundation to work from.  A great loss for the cuke world.


Best - Gustav



From: flmnh-aspidolist <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Yves Samyn
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2021 9:49 AM
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Subject: Claude, ... Dr Claude Massin


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Dear Colleagues/friends


Today, I have to bring you sad news.


Just yesterday, I've learned from Claude's wife that Claude has died; last Saturday...


It's extremely sad.


We've lost not only a colleague and a lot of expertise (and for some of us who knew Claude, a lot of friendship!)


Kind regards - yves



Yves Samyn

Conservator Recent Invertebrates (non insects) Collection

Editor-in-Chief Abc Taxa (

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