Collection Data

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East Africa 2004

Section Responsible for Processing



These collections were made specifically to provide material for destructive sampling in molecular analysis. Hence all material collected by this expedition was fixed and preserved in 95% ethanol. A few select samples were preserved in RNA Later.


NSF funded sphaeromatid isopod project to R. Wetzer (PI). Expedition participants included N. L. Bruce, N. D. Pentcheff, and K. Omura. More detailed project information is available at:

Collection Location and Dates

This East African Expedition to Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Mombasa (Kenya) - June and July 2004 involved intensive shore collecting on reef flats and diving on outer reefs. Greatest efforts were made at Murogo Reef, Bawi Island reef, and Ras Nungwi in Zanzibar and on the reef, lagoon, and shores from Ras Iwetine to Mtwapa in Kenya.

Taxonomic Contents

Collecting emphasis is mostly on peracarids and other crustaceans. Associated invertebrates, e.g., polychaetes, molluscs, echinoderms were also collected.


All documentation is available electronically.

Description of Collection

Specimens are 95% ethanol preserved. Lots have been sorted for isopods (most have been removed for molecular work). Unsorted samples are retained in the MBPC collection space in the Polychaete Range (basement) with other expeditionary collections.

Collection Inventory

There are 409 lots from 115 stations mostly contained in 4-8 oz. jars. and occupying ca. 3 linear feet of shelf space.

Collection Assets

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08/05/2008 View [205.1 kB] Portunid crab. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [295.2 kB] Vials with brachyuran crabs. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [645.9 kB] Vials with crustaceans. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [196.2 kB] Brachyuran crab. Photo by K. Omura.

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