Collection Data

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Great Barrier Reef Expedition 2003

Section Responsible for Processing



These collections were made specifically to provide material for destructive sampling in molecular analysis. Hence all material collected by this expedition was fixed and preserved in 95% ethanol. A few select samples were preserved in RNA Later.


NSF funded sphaeromatid isopod project to R. Wetzer (PI). More detailed project information is available at:

Collection Location and Dates

Collection were made at Heron and Lizard Islands on the eastern coast of Australia - Great Barrier Reef - and along the mainland coast north of Cairns/ Port Douglas. Collections were made in the intertidal, shallow inner reef lagoons, outer reef and were made by hand, SCUBA, and night light. Samples were retained on 240 µm screens.

Taxonomic Contents

Collecting emphasis is mostly on peracarids and other crustaceans. Associated invertebrates, e.g., polychaetes, molluscs, echinoderms were also collected.


All documentation is available electronically.

Description of Collection

Specimens are 95% ethanol preserved. Lots have been sorted for isopods (most have been removed for molecular work). Unsorted samples are retained in the MBPC collection space in the Polychaete Range (basement) with other expeditionary collections.

Collection Inventory

There are lots from 79 stations mostly contained in 4-8 oz. jars. and occupying ca. 3 linear feet of shelf space.

Collection Assets

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08/05/2008 View [1194.1 kB] Asteroidea. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [1405.1 kB] Vials of mollusks (bivalves, chitons, gastropods). Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [2344.0 kB] Unsorted sediment containing subsampled specimens in vials. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [2461.2 kB] Stomatopod and crabs. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [988.5 kB] Echinoidea. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [867.4 kB] Brachyura. Photo by K. Omura.

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