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

Japan 2013

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Specimens were collected and fixed in formalin and ethanol for comparative study of in situ Japanese dock polychaetes which were taken from the 2011 Japanese tsunami dock debris arriving on the U.S. west coast.

Background (Top)

Leslie Harris, Polychaete Collection Manager, has been part of the Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris taxonomic team led by Dr. James T. Carlton (Mystic College), identifying worms found on tsunami debris. In 2013 she and Dr. John Chapman (Oregon State University) participated in a Japanese-American study of the algae and invertebrates found on docks in Misawa Harbor, the source of the two docks that beached in Oregon and Washington in 2012. The project was led by Dr. Toshio Furota and funded by Toho University, Japan. Samples taken in Misawa and Tokyo Bay were processed at Dr. Furota's lab at Toho and at the Asamushi Marine Laboratory. Sampling objectives concerned faunal source diversity, faunal attrition between Japan and the US, genetics, reproduction, and invasive risk assessment. Approximately 15 Japanese and 3 Americans scientists participated in the survey.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Misawa Harbor and Tokyo Bay, Japan. 18-29 March 2013.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)


Documentation (Top)

Held by the Polychaete Section.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet preserved collection. Some samples originally fixed in 10% formalin, later rinsed in fresh water and transferred into 70% ethanol; some preserved in 95% ethanol.

Collection Inventory (Top)

Approximately 250 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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