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

Banyuls-sur-Mer, France 1997

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

The Laboratoire Arago/ Observatoire Oceanologuque de Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean coast of France is adjacent to the type localities of numerous polychaete species. Many of these have been reported in species lists from other parts of the world including California. In 1997 Leslie Harris (NHMLAC collection manager, polychaetes) joined a group of polychaete researchers for two weeks at Banyuls. Her purpose in collecting specimens was to use this material to determine if California specimens really belonged to the same species found off Banyuls.

Background (Top)

All travel expenses were paid personally by L. Harris while on museum time.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Samples were taken from the area around the Laboratoire Arago, Banyuls-sur-Mer(~42°29.75'N ~03°09.00'E), and Cap Oullestrel (~42°29'N ~03°08'E), between 12-19 May 1997. Depth ranged from the intertidal to about 30 meters.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Nearly all lots are polychaetes.

Documentation (Top)

Field notebooks and electronic files are held by L.Harris.

Description of Collection (Top)

The collection is 100% wet preserved and originally fixed in 10% formalin. Material was sorted to least to family level and in many cases down to genus or species. Specimens transferred to 70% ethanol October 2008.

Collection Inventory (Top)

Approximately 250 lots in 2 ml vials contained in 1 plastic bag transferred to MBPC for processing September 2008.

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.
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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
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