Collection Data

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Bahamas Collection 2003

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


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

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

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


Data sheets are housed in the MBPC filing cabinet in the drawer labeled “MBPC Collections.”
20231112-Todd Haney sent 3 excel spreadsheets (locality data, a mostly crustaceans and a polychaete specimen lists. Todd collected specimens were preserved in 70% ethanol!

Description of Collection

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

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

No collection assets available.

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