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

Japanese Docks 2012

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

These polychaetes were collected from docks, boats, and other marine debris that was carried off during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake & tsunami only to land on US shores starting in 2012. Organisms living on the docks are coastal species with the potential to establish themselves in the eastern Pacific. Some Japanese polychaetes are thought to have been introduced here. These specimens will serve as comparative material to confirm if previous reports of Japanese species & future ones are correct.

Background (Top)

A 66 x 19 x 7 feet floating dock was found stranded on Agate Beach, Oregon, on 4 June 2012. It had been torn out of Misawa Harbor, northern Honshu, on 11 March 2011. Scientists at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport sampled the organisms living on the dock. Leslie Harris (NHMLAC Polychaete Collections Manager) went to Hatfield in July to sort samples and identify the polychaetes. Another Misawa dock washed ashore in the Olympic Peninsula National Marine Sanctuary in late December, 2012. Harris went to Washington to again assist in collecting & identifying polychaetes. More worms from boats & large pieces of debris that continued to arrive throughout 2012 and 2013 were sent to her as well. These were all kept for the collection.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Oregon and Washington, 2012-2013.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)


Documentation (Top)

Information is held in the Polychaete Office.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet preserved collection. Some specimens were original fixed in 5% formalin and later transferred to 70% ethanol, some originally preserved and kept in 95% ethanol, some were first frozen then transferred to 70% ethanol. Specimens that were frozen are in poor shape.

Collection Inventory (Top)

Approximately 100 species lots plus several large unsorted samples to be processed.

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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