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

Costa Rica Digital Catalogue, 2005

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Dr. Ingo Wehrtmann (University of Costa Rica) and Leslie Harris (Polychaete Collections Manager, NHMLAC) are collaborating on a Digital Catalogue of Costa Rican marine invertebrates. Invertebrates were collected on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica, photographed, and preserved. Larger marine organisms such as fish, corals, and lobsters are relatively well known to most people while the smaller ones like crabs & worms are unknown. These images, along with explanatory text, will be exhibited at schools and museums to foster the public's appreciation of marine cryptofauna and its role in the coastal ecosystem. The preserved specimens are deposited here at NHMLAC and at the UCR Zoological Museum.

Background (Top)

The principal investigator, Dr. Ingo Wehrtmann, received partial funding and in-kind support from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). Harris' expenses were paid in part by UCR and partly by personal funds. Some of the images have been used in the book Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica, eds. I.S. Wehrtmann & J. Cortes, 2009, Monographiae Biologicae volume 86, Springer Sciences + Business Media B.V.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Collections were made in August 2005 on both coasts of Costa Rica. Principle sites were Puerto Viejo and Punta Cahuita on the Caribbean coast and at Golfito and Punta Uvitas on the Pacific coast. All sites were intertidal. Detailed locality information is contained the MBPC database.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Material returned to this Museum was primarily polychaetes, some crustaceans, and a few lots containing other phyla. The bulk of the crustaceans were retained for the UCR Zoological Museum. The emphasis was on collecting specimens in good condition for photography.

Polychaetes: 78 lots
Crustacea: 52 lots
Mollusca: 9 lots
Echinodermata: 3 lots
Brachiopoda, Cnidaria, Sipuncula, fish: 1 lot each

Documentation (Top)

Field notes are retained by L. Harris in the Polychaete Office. All locality and specimen data has been entered into the MBPC database.

Description of Collection (Top)

All specimens are wet-preserved in either 5% formalin or 70% ethanol. Material was field-sorted to morphospecies before photography and vialed separately. Material is being curated by the MBPC.

Collection Inventory (Top)

Approximately 152 lots in 2-ml to 5-ml plastic vials and 1-ounce jars.

Collection Assets (Top)

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04/28/2009 View [48.5 kB] Original raw data file.

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
07/19/2009 0% 0% 0% 100%
07/01/2005 0% 0% 100% 0%

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.
07/19/2009 0% 0% 0% 100%
07/01/2005 0% 0% 100% 0%

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.
07/19/2009 0% 0% 0% 100%

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.
07/19/2009 0% 100%
07/01/2005 100% 0%

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

No information available.