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

Givens, Robert, Catalina Island

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Specimens are from some of the first diversity studies on Santa Catalina Island, California.

Background (Top)

Drs. Robert Given and Dennis Lees, then graduate students at the University of Southern California's Catalina Marina Science Center conducted a biological survey of the island between 1966 and 1968. They made approximately 190 dives, recorded observations, and collected specimens. In the mid 1970s Jane E. Dykzeul and Dr. Given did a reconnaissance survey for the California Department of Fish and Game. Polychaetes from these surveys were given to Dr. Olga Hartman for identification and retained by her for the AHF collection.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Santa Catalina Island, CA. 1966-1968. 1975-1978?

Taxonomic Contents (Top)


Documentation (Top)

Individual lots are recorded in the Polychaete Section's N-Catalogue. Reports stemming from Given's two surveys are:
Dykzeul, J.E., Given, R.R. 1978. Reconnaissance survey - Santa Catalina Subarea I. A report to the State of California Department of Fish and Game. S.C.M.S.C., University of Southern California , Los Angeles, CA.
Given, R.R. and D.C. Lees. 1967. Santa Catalina Island Biological Survey Report No. 1. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
State Water Resources Control Board. 1979. California Marine Waters. Areas of Special Biological Significance. Reconnaissance Survey Report. Santa Catalina Island - Subarea I. Los Angeles County. Water Quality Monitoring Report no. 79-6, 192 pp.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet preserved collection. Samples originally fixed in 5-10% formalin, later rinsed in fresh water and transferred into 70% ethanol.

Collection Inventory (Top)

None at present; probably several hundred specimens / lots. Information in the AHF N-Catalogue will eventually be compiled into a single spreadsheet.

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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Most of the specimens will need to be placed into double-vialed containers.

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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