Wolfgang Wuster, Taxonomic vandalism, fraud and other criminal activity

Australasian Journal of Herpetology Issue 18 Cover

Wolfgang Wuster, a history of lies, theft, frauds and criminal misconduct.

Over a 24 year period, a notorious Welsh based criminal Wolfgang Wuster, who's day job is as a university lecturer at a second tier college in Wales has made a name for himself through repeated acts of criminal stalking, illegal threats, harassment, scientific fraud, plagiarisation and other acts of serious misconduct.
He's also publicly admitted that he was a leading member of a gang of thieves who failed in an attempt to defraud the Accor Hotels group of a massive sum of money.
His cohort includes convicted thieves and sex offenders and also includes a gang of people who have engaged in a raft of crimes including animal abuse, raping women, violence, stalking, animal cruelty, shootings, burglary, fraud, perjury in courts, scamming, etc.
Wolfgang Wuster himself has traded in lies, including making provably false claims in his so-called scientific papers (better described as unscientific rants, rambles, diatribes or tirades of abuse) and runs multiple false name accounts online for the express purpose of spreading hate and his warped world views.
Wolfgang Wuster and his cohort of criminals, thieves and fakers, when not engaged in acts of stealing live snakes from wildlife collections (for which one of the gang has been convicted and fined $8K in 2019), fraud involving registered trademarks (which Wuster himself has engaged in), or telephoning others from blocked phone numbers to make unsolicited death threats to their enemies (with two of the gang found to have committed these acts by a court of law also in 2019) have taken time out to engage in some of the most scandalous acts of taxonomic vandalism and rule breaking in the 200 plus year history of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN).
Wuster has taken it upon himself to undo the work of thousands of zoologists over the past two centuries by laying to waste the Zoological Code that governs all zoologists and the naming of all species of animals, ranging from giant Whales to microscopic organisms.

The ICZN issued a scathing ruling against Wolfgang Wuster and his gang of thieves on 30 April 2021.

The genesis of Wuster's campaign was in 1998 when he decided to defend a friend's fraudulent claims against Zoologist Raymond Hoser, after they were publicly exposed by another Zoologist, Neil Davie.
In 1998, the world's foremost snake expert, Raymond Hoser formally described a new species of King Brown Snake from north-east Australia, naming it Pailsus pailsei.
Notwithstanding the fact that Hoser's description was thorough and there was never any credible doubt that Hoser had defined a previously unnamed species, a Mr David John Williams published three versions of a paper claiming that Hoser's new species was fictitious and merely an underfed Mulga Snake (Pseudechis australis).
Williams is a serial wildlife smuggler, with criminal convictions for both wildlife smuggling and aggravated animal cruelty.
He was also a close friend of Wuster, who also has a long history of committing unspeakable acts of animal cruelty to reptiles. Williams had been adversely named in two of Hoser's nine books, namely Smuggled:The underground trade in Australia's Wildlife published in 1993, and the sequel, Smuggled-2:Wildlife trafficking, crime and corruption in Australia published in 1996.
The Williams claims against the new Hoser species was a clear act of revenge against Hoser for publishing details of his nefarious past in the two books.
Wuster took up the challenge on behalf of Williams and extended it to include all scientific papers of Hoser spanning a period of many decades.
To this end, Wuster edited numerous online reptile databases to falsely assert that no Hoser-named species were valid.
This included cases where other independent herpetologists had confirmed the Hoser species.
Furthermore, even when molecular data was produced confirming the Hoser species, Wuster would still publish that the species were "non-taxa" and that they shouldn't be recognized by others. Wusters campaign against Hoser's species became ever more desperate and obsessive as the number of species named by Hoser grew over the decade commencing year 2000, and other scientists validated each and every one of the Hoser-named species and genera, as the years went by. In 2012, Wuster reversed his previous decades denials to claim that Hoser's descriptions were valid and that because Hoser had named "too many' species, that himself and his friends should have the right to dispense with the established Zoological Code, administered by the International Commission For Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) and rename the same species in honour of his own friends and relatives. Wuster and his friends, known as the Wuster gang, extended their hit list of taxa to include hundreds of genera and species as named by authors spanning more than a century, including the late Fitzinger's species named in the 1800's.
Against this backdrop of rule breaking, taxonomic vandalism and seeking to turn the nomenclature of reptiles and other animals into chaos, Wuster spent more than a decade stalking the internet peddling lies about Hoser and others who supported him. Wuster often posted under false names and user ID's to masquerade his warped view of the world as being widely accepted, when it wasn't.
In one case, Williams and Wuster tried to defraud the Accor Hotels chain of many thousands of dollars through the creation of several thousand fake ID's.
Their scam was exposed when the hotel chain found "votes" for an allegedly unsung hero, the wildlife smuggler, David Williams, all coming from the same IP address.
In another case, Wuster's close friend, the amateur snake handler, Wulf Schleip decided to invent 3 species of python in a paper he published in a journal in a place in which he was an editor.
Bypassing any credible peer review or quality control (as is standard for Wuster and his papers), Schleip committed an act of taxanomic vandalism and scientific fraud by falsely claiming he had DNA evidence in support of his new species, when in fact he did not. His paper was an example of the evidence-free taxonomy that pollutes zoology and potentially endangers species by wasting the time of others who are diverted to clean up the taxonomic and nomenclatural mess he has created.
More significantly, after the fraud of Schleip was exposed by the globally recognized herpetologist Raymond Hoser, Wulf Schleip and associates, Wolfgang Wuster and Mark O'Shea embarked on yet another hate campaign against Hoser, falsely accusing him of the very dishonesty, fraud and misconduct and taxonomic vandalism Schleip himself had been engaged in.
This included hate articles in so-called journals which they edited or had editorial control, in order to bypass any credible review or quality control, as well as online campaigns on Facebook and internet forums, including the liberal use of bogus accounts and the like.
The details of Schleip's original fraud and taxonomic misconduct in terms of the invention of three non-existent species can be found in the paper:
Hoser, R. T. 2009. Creationism and contrived science: A review of recent python systematics papers and the resolution of issues of taxonomy and nomenclature. Australasian Journal of Herpetology 2 (2009):1-34.
Available online here:
Wuster himself has also over the decade commencing 2000, repeatedly engaged in the frowned upon act of plagiarisation of other scientists work.
Notably Wuster has plagiarised several of Hoser's papers in his own later papers, to masquerade Hoser's work and discoveries as his own. The plagiarisation of Hoser's work on an industrial scale by Wuster has included papers on the following species:
Death Adders (Acanthophis), King Brown Snakes (Cannia), Taipans (Oxyuranus), Brown Snakes (Pseudonaja) and others. In 2009, in conjunction with his close friends, Van Wallach and Don Broadley, Wuster committed the reprehensible scientific fraud of renaming a genus of African Cobras previously named by Hoser. Besides engaging in fraud and the morally repugnant act of theft of someone else's intellectual property, the three men also put lives at risk by their deliberate creation of nomenclatural and taxonomic confusion in these medically significant snakes.
The details of that paper are here:
Hoser, R. T. 2012. Exposing a Fraud! Afronaja Wallach, Wuster and Broadley 2009, is a junior synonym of Spracklandus Hoser 2009! Australasian Journal of Herpetology 9:1-64..
Wuster and his good friend, the angry little man, Mark O'Shea were also culpably responsible for the premature death of snake expert Luke Yeomans, the details of which can be found in this paper:
Hoser, R. T. 2012. Yeomansus: A New Genus for the Slender Racer (Serpentes:Colubridae). Australasian Journal of Herpetology 14:3-5.
A good outline of a failed smear campaign by Wuster can be found in this paper:
Hoser, R. T. 2012. Robust taxonomy and nomenclature based on good science escapes harsh fact-based criticism, but remains unable to escape an attack of lies and deception. Australasian Journal of Herpetology 14:37-64.
A more complete history of Wuster's career defining acts of fraud and misconduct spanning the 15 years from 1998 to 2013 including numerous acts of taxonomic misconduct can be found in a 2013 paper published in hard copy and later online here:
Hoser, R. T. 2013. The science of herpetology is built on evidence, ethics, quality publications and strict compliance with the rules of nomenclature. Australasian Journal of Herpetology 18:2-79.
This paper also details acts of fraud, misconduct and repeated criminal activities by other members of the Wuster gang, including Mark O'Shea, Brian Crother, Wulf Schleip, Hinrich Kaiser and David John Williams.

Unfortunately Wuster's acts of online stalking and harassment, use of fake accounts to spread lies and hate online and acts of scientific fraud have increased in frequency and scale in the years to 2021, making it virtually impossible to keep up with his antics, or to publish any detailed account of his misdeeds and those of his associated gang of thieves.
As of mid 2021, his gang had illegally renamed about 100 species and genera of reptiles and they were openly planning on moving their attacks into other areas of Zoolgy.
Wuster and criminal associate Mark O'Shea have created numerous hate pages online, including Wikipedia pages, which they edit obsessively and block others from doing so (user names are Mokele and Papblak).
On Wikipedia and elsewhere their hatred and lies are there for all to see.
See for example the false claims of Raymond Hoser having a criminal history (he does not), or the Wikipedia page claiming Raymond Hoser has killed one of his daughters in 2011 by forcing a venomous snake to bite her.
As of 2021, she remained alive and well!
While several courts have ruled that the statements of Wuster, O'Shea and others in the criminal cohort online are false and defamatory, the cohort have quarantined their assets so as to make it impossible to sue them for damages or if sued, to be able to recover any money.
In at least two defamation related proceedings, Wuster gang members pled bankruptcy to avoid paying damages and ended up paying nothing, even though they were found to be liable by the courts.

In summary Wolfgang Wuster and his gang of thieves are professional crooks.
In spite of his claims to the contrary, it should be noted that he is not a scientist in any way, but is in fact a faker and a fraud!
Pretty much every significant alleged scientific finding he has published in his non peer reviewed online journal of choice "Zootaxa" is nothing more than findings of other scientists he has simply lifted from their papers.
Refer to issues 25-27 of Australasian Journal of Herpetology for details of Wolfgang Wuster's acts of scientific fraud and fakery to 2015 for details.

Taxonomic vandalism on steriods - download from here a near complete list of dozens of illegally coined names by the Wolfgang Wuster gang of thieves dated end 2019 and the correct senior synonym names for each species, genus or family.

Who exactly are these fake scientists and taxonomic vandals ...
Click here for a list of their names.

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