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

Derek Ellis, University of Victoria

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

This collection results from the benthic ecology studies of Dr. Derek Ellis and his graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. Peer reviewed papers and graduate theses have resulted from their work and some copies are associated with the documentation material which accompanied the collection upon its arrival at the LACNHM. The collection was brought to LACNHM by Leslie Harris and Dr. Ellis between 1997 and 1999.

Background (Top)

The collection components include:
1. Samples from the Island Copper Mine (ICM) site both before the mine started dumping tailings and during the early years of mine operations.

2. Reference specimens collected in southern British Columbia waters, e.g., as Macoma elimata used while describing the species (see Dunnill and Coan. 1968. A new species of the genus Macoma (Pelecypoda) from west American waters, with comments on Macoma calarea (Gmelin 1791). National Museum of Canada Natural History Papers No. 43, 19pp.).

3. Orca Island, Washington samples collected by Betsy Day. These collections are a 5-year time series of sampling stations previously sampled 50 years earlier by the Shelford Weese survey.

4. A single sample (sample no. 66/2/4) from Tasu Sound on the west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands. Other samples from northern British Columbia may be available, but are presently not part of the NHMLAC collections.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Most of the collections were taken by grab sampler on subtidal soft bottoms.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

The specimens lots range from identified to species, family or phlyum. Some lots remain completely unsorted.

Documentation (Top)

This collection resides in the NHMLAC Polychaete Collection Range. The collection has been consolidated into about 700 jars on 5 shelving banks. There are data sheets and a few published reports located in the NHMLAC Polychaete office.

Description of Collection (Top)

The specimens were most likely originally fixed in 5-10% formalin and subsequently transferred to 70% ethanol.

Collection Inventory (Top)

The collection consists of about 15,000 specimens representing an estimated 500 species mostly from around southern Vancouver Island.

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
11/15/2001 View [20.2 kB] Bivalve molluscs in jar.
11/15/2001 View [18.0 kB] Unsorted sample.
09/04/2001 View [126.4 kB] Map of Ellis' study sites and collection localities.

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
12/10/2001 0% 0% 0% 100%
08/15/2001 2% 5% 20% 73%

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.
12/10/2001 0% 0% 0% 100%
08/15/2001 0% 10% 0% 90%

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.
12/10/2001 0% 0% 100% 0%
08/15/2001 10% 40% 50% 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.
08/15/2001 100% 0%

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
08/15/2001 60% 20% 0% 5% 5% 5% 5%