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

Brazil 1998

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Brazil is considered by some the southern limit of the "Greater Caribbean" faunal region. These specimens (primarily polychaetes) enhance our Caribbean collection and contribute to our understanding of distribution and species variation in the region.

Background (Top)

Post the 6th International Polychaete Conference in Curitiba, Brazil, Leslie Harris (NHM Polychaete Collection Manager) collected at the Pontal do Sol Marine Station.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Brazil, Parana State, Paranagua Bay, vicinity of Pontal do Sul and Ilha do Mel (Honey Island); 9-15 August 1998. Most collections made by hand, a few by dredge and SCUBA.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Polychaetes (110 lots), crustacean, molluscs, and miscellaneous (7 lots).

Documentation (Top)

Field notes are with Leslie Harris in Polychaetes.

Description of Collection (Top)

All lots were fixed in formalin except one lot which was preserved in glutaraldehyde and later then transferred to 70% ethanol. Specimens in formalin need to be rinsed in fresh water and then transferred to 70% ethanol.

Collection Inventory (Top)

All specimens are in crate P-L-1 in the trailer.

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.
09/08/2008 100% 0% 0% 0%

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
09/05/2008 1% 2% 0% 3% 50% 24% 20%