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

Bahamas Collection 2003

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

This collection increases the Museum's Caribbean marine invertebrate collections by capturing some of the regions notable diversity.

Background (Top)

Leslie Harris and Todd Haney were invited by Dr. Thomas Iliffe, Texas A&M University, Galveston to work out of the Perry Institute of Marine Sciences (Caribbean Marine Research Center) on Lee Stocking Island Exuma Cays, Bahamas. Dr. Iliffe specialty is anchialine cave biodiversity.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Specimens collected 4-16 January 2003 from Exuma Cays, off Lee Stocking and from Iguana Islands. SCUBA, hand collecting, plankton nets, and light traps were employed.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Crustacea (Caridea, Amphipoda, Isopoda, Tanaidacea, Copepoda, Brachyura, Ostracoda, Mysidacea, Leptostraca, Cumacea),
Oligochaeta, Polychaeta,
Mollusca (Polyplacophora, Opisthobranchia, Gastropoda, Bivalvia)
Echinodermata (Holothuroidea, Ophiuroidea, Asteroidea, Echinoidea)

Documentation (Top)

Data sheets are housed in the MBPC filing cabinet in the drawer labeled "MBPC Collections."

Description of Collection (Top)

The polychaetes were fixed in formalin, rinsed, and preserved in 70% ethanol. A few specimens went straight into 95% EtOH. All crustaceans were fixed directly in 70% ethanol, a few were preserved in 95% ethanol for molecular work. Most echinoderms, mollusks, platyhelminthes, and oligochaetes were preserved in 70% ethanol. Some were fixed in formalin, rinsed, and transferred to 70% ethanol.

Collection Inventory (Top)

74 lots of wet preserved specimens are housed in the Polychaete Collection Range. Of these, 22 lots have been sorted to phyla. As of Spring 2008 the remaining 292 lots previously stored in the Polychaete Collection Manager's office, have been curated and are now ready to be shelved in the Polychaete Collection Range as soon as the room is reopened after construction. Access to the collection room is anticipated in March 2009.

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.
10/15/2005 0% 0% 0% 100%

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.
10/15/2005 100% 0%

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
10/15/2005 70% 30% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%