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

Jamaica 2006

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)

MBC

Significance (Top)

Drs. Marian Litvaitis (PI), Univ. New Hampshire Leslie Newman (Co-PI) were awarded a NSF grant to study Caribbean polyclad flatworms biodiversity. Leslie Harris (NHM Polychaete Collections Manager) was invited to participate in the Jamaica portion of the survey. The materials she collected contribute to our knowledge of the marine invertebrate fauna of the region.

Background (Top)

Drs. Marian Litvaitis and Leslie Newman
NSF grant DEB 0412932, $588,788

Leslie Harris' participation was partially funded by the Museum (salary while in the field, partially funded by the NSF grant (travel), and partially self-funded (expenses in Jamaica).

Rawlinson, K.A. 2008. Biodiversity of coastal polyclad assemblages in the wider Caribbean. Marine Biology 153: 769-778.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Polychaetes (187 lots) and Crustacea (61 lots), a few lots each of cnidarians (1), ctenophores (1), echinoderms (4), enteropneusts (1), fish (2), molluscs (17), nemerteans (24), and sipunculids (3). Twenty four lots of platyhelminthes listed in the database were retained by Dr. Litvaitis.

Documentation (Top)

Electronic files in Polychaete Section.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet collection primarily in 5% formalin (263 lots), ca. 51 lots in 95% ethanol, and 12 lots in 70% ethanol. Samples field sorted to morphospecies. Currently specimens are housed in trailer in crate P-L-13.

Collection Inventory (Top)

Approximately 326 lots.

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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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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