Collection Data

Page Contents: Section | Significance | Background | Location & Dates | Taxonomic Contents | Documentation | Description of Collection | Collection Inventory | Collection Assets | Specimen Condition | Container Condition | Label Condition | Label Content | Level of Taxonomic Identification

Acapulco, Mexico 1998

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Dr. Enrique Rioja was the first polychaetologist to study the Mexican fauna. During the course of his career he recorded over 300 taxa and described 39 species in 17 families. Unfortunately all of his type material and other specimens were lost. Dr. Vivienne Solis-Weiss (Universidade Nacional de Autonoma Mexico) and Leslie Harris (LACM Polychaete Collections Manager) collected in some of Rioja's sampling sites around Acapulco, Mexico in the hope of finding suitable material for neotypes.

Background (Top)

Travel funded by L. Harris.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Vicinity of Acapulco, Mexico, March 1998.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Mostly polychaetes with a small number of other phyla.

Documentation (Top)

Harris' field notes are in the Polychaete Section.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet preserved collection. Sediment samples and algae scrapings were screened in the field to eliminate bulk and fixed in 5-10% formalin-seawater. Before transport to NHMLAC they were briefly rinsed in fresh water and transferred to 70% ethanol.

Collection Inventory (Top)

10 unsorted lots.

Collection Assets (Top)

No collection assets available.

Specimen Condition (Top)

Date 4: New alcohol needed immediately (specimens will otherwise be irreparably damaged) 3: Containers need to be 'topped off' 2: New alcohol needed within next 6-12 months 1: No curation needed at present
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Container Condition (Top)

Date 4: Immediate short-term (less than 5 years) storage container replacement needed. Present containers are inadequate. Curate in the short-term with plastic buckets, whirltop bags, or similar. 3: Specimens contained in museum-grade long-term (greater than 5 years) storage containers. Jars need new closures (e.g. replace Bakelite and metal lids). 2: Transfer to museum-grade long-term storage containers. Replace or transfer to new jars and glass vials, replace cotton and closures. 1: Containers are museum-grade and meet highest curation standards.
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Label Condition (Top)

Date 4: New labels needed immediately (original labels in poor condition, paper torn/worn, legibility poor). 3: New labels needed within next 1-2 years (original labels beginning to wear, pencil writing fading, low quality paper was used). 2: New labels needed are as a result of curation and accretion of collection. 1: No new labels needed at present.
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Label Content (Top)

Date 2: New label or additional label needed because original label data is incomplete and supporting documentation provides additional collection data which greately enhances significance and value of each lot. 1: Label content complete. All collection data are contained on label.
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Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
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