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

Los Angeles Terrestrial Isopod Survey 2011

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

This project contributed to our overall knowledge of terrestrial isopods in the Los Angeles Basin and surroundings for which there had been very little historical data. The project generated a well curated morphological and molecular systematic collection of oniscids at the LACM. It also improved the list and distribution of known species from the area.

Background (Top)

During January 2011 this project surveyed the terrestrial isopods in the Los Angeles Basin from coastal areas above the high tide line, throughout the basin, to montane areas below 5,000 ft. Stefano Taiti (Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi, Firenze, Italy), David Hubbard (UC Santa Barbara), Jonathan Wright (Pomona College), together with NHM staff Regina Wetzer, Dean Pentcheff, Adam Wall, and Phyllis Sun surveyed localities in the San Gabriel Mountains, Coachelia Valley, San Juan Capistrano, San Pedro, Malaga Cove, Pt. Dune, and Charmlee and Solstice Canyons in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

January 2011, excel spreadsheet with collections is available on this site.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)


Documentation (Top)

Collection data is available in the excel spreadsheet.

Description of Collection (Top)

All specimens were either 95% ethanol preserved or preserved in RNAlater.

Collection Inventory (Top)

98 lots

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
03/01/2011 View [76.1 kB] A species list to the terrestrial isopods of Southern California.
03/01/2011 View [51.0 kB] Specimen collection data.

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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All specimens were identified almost exclusively by S. Taiti.