Collection Data

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Bio Blitz 2008

Section Responsible for Processing



Shallow, subtidal polychaetes typical of hard-substrate outer coast habitats in Southern California.


In 2008, the Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service was the site of Bio Blitz, a once-a-year event sponsored by National Geographic & the National Park Service. Over 6,000 scientists, academics, naturalists, students, & volunteers combined to do an intensive 24-hour species inventory. NHMLAC scientists Regina Wetzer, Dean Pencheff, & Kathy Omura set up a station at the Malibu Pier, diving to collect specimens from the pilings supporting the pier. Material was brought back to the museum where Leslie Harris sorted out the small cryptic invertebrates & identified the polychaetes.

Collection Location and Dates

Malibu Pier, Santa Monica Bay, California; 30 May 2008.

Taxonomic Contents

73 lots of polychaetes.


A complete list is held in the Polychaete Section. Information on Bio Blitz can be found at:

Description of Collection

Wet preserved collection. 30% of samples originally fixed in 10% formalin, later rinsed in fresh water & transferred into 70% ethanol; 70% of samples preserved in 95% ethanol.

Collection Inventory

73 lots

Collection Assets

Date View or Retrieve File Information
11/14/2014 Retrieve [102.6 kB] Every critter counts, and so do plants, at BioBlitz
Scientist-led teams of volunteers identify 1,500 species in a sweep of the Santa Monica Mountains.
June 01, 2008 Mary Engel Times Staff Writer
11/14/2014 Retrieve [257.9 kB] Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Bioblitz Preliminary Species List, May 30-31, 2008

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