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

Pacific Lau Basin 2006

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Deep water vent shrimp and crabs from the Lau Basin, off Tonga.

Background (Top)

Collected by R/V Melville, out of Moss Landing Marine Lab and fixed and preserved in RNA Later and alcohol for molecular work.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Pacific, off Tonga, Lau Basin, 6-18 September 2006 and 1 November 2006, 1880 - 2622 m

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Deep water crabs and shrimp. Twelve crabs, 13 shrimp, and 13 anomurans.

Documentation (Top)

All specimen data is contained in database. Original Excel spreadsheet is available.

Description of Collection (Top)

Specimens were fixed in either RNA Later OR a solution of 90% ethanol, 5% methanol, 5% propanol onboard the ship. Some lots were fixed in 95% ethanol only. The later specimens were transferred to 95% ethanol upon receipt at the museum. All but one specimen had legs removed and was preserved in RNA Later. Only legs preserved in RNA Later were sent for two specimens. Identified to level of order. Collection housed in MBPC/Polychaete trailer. Fixatives and preservatives are as noted on the specimens labels.

Collection Inventory (Top)

37 jars (1 - 16 ounces) with whole specimens and corresponding legs. One jar/specimen whole, so no legs were pulled. Two specimen's legs only, no whole bodies.

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
08/05/2008 View [61.3 kB] Deep sea galatheid crab 1. Photo by K. Omura
08/05/2008 View [105.2 kB] Deep sea galatheid crab 2. Photo by K. Omura
03/07/2004 View [22.0 kB] Original Excel spreadsheet from Kamille Hammerstrom used to generate specimen labels.

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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