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

Great Barrier Reef Expedition 2003

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

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.

Background (Top)

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

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

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 (Top)

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

Documentation (Top)

All documentation is available electronically.

Description of Collection (Top)

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 (Top)

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

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
08/05/2008 View [100.4 kB] Asteroidea. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [130.7 kB] Vials of mollusks (bivalves, chitons, gastropods). Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [223.6 kB] Unsorted sediment containing subsampled specimens in vials. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [203.0 kB] Stomatopod and crabs. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [136.8 kB] Echinoidea. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [139.0 kB] Brachyura. Photo by K. Omura.

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
11/06/2003 0% 0% 0% 100%

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.
11/06/2003 0% 0% 0% 100%

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.
11/06/2003 0% 0% 0% 100%

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.
11/06/2003 0% 100%

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
10/12/2004 10% 20% 0% 70% 0% 0% 0%
11/06/2003 95% 5% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
There are no current plans for sorting this material further. Specimens will be sorted as needed.