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

Deborah M. Dexter

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Sandy intertidal polychaetes from Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Egypt, Australia, and Thailand.

Background (Top)

Dr. Deborah M. Dexter (San Diego State University) has studied sandy beach community structure in several countries throughout her career. She donated polychaetes collected during her studies to the AHF Polychaete Collection.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Not all of her studies maybe represented in the collection. The one that are were made on Pacific and Atlantic beaches of Costa Rica and Panama, along the Gulf of Mexico & Pacific coasts of Mexico, at Phuket, Thailand, the Mediterranean & Gulf of Suez Egyptian coasts, and near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. They were taken in the 1970s & 1980s.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)


Documentation (Top)

Paper and electronic copies of Dr. Dexter's publications are with Leslie Harris.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet preserved collection. Specimens originally fixed in 5% formalin, later rinsed in fresh water, and transferred in 70% ethanol.

Collection Inventory (Top)

None at present. Specimens have been incorporated into taxonomic collections.

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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Unknown but specimens probably need to be double-vialed.

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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Unknown but almost certainly pencil or india ink on paper.

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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Unknown but almost certainly minimal.

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
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