Collection Data

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Banyuls-sur-Mer, France 1997

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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.


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

Collection Location and Dates

Samples were taken from the area around the Laboratoire Arago, Banyuls-sur-Mer(~42infinity29.75'N ~03infinity09.00'E), and Cap Oullestrel (~42infinity29'N ~03infinity08'E), between 12-19 May 1997. Depth ranged from the intertidal to about 30 meters.

Taxonomic Contents

Nearly all lots are polychaetes.


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

Description of Collection

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

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

Collection Assets

No collection assets available.

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