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

Palau 2006

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

These collections were made specifically to provide material for destructive sampling in molecular analysis. Hence all material collected by this expedition was fixed and preserved in 95% ethanol. A few select samples were preserved in RNA Later.

Background (Top)

NSF funded sphaeromatid isopod project to R. Wetzer (PI). Expedition participants included N. D. Pentcheff and D. Striley. More detailed project information is available at:

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Republic of Palau, July 2006, intertidal to ~100 ft. with SCUBA

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Collecting emphasis was mostly on isopods and other crustaceans. Associated invertebrates, e.g., polychaetes, molluscs, echinoderms were also collected. Not very many isopods collected, but this collection rich in decapods.

Documentation (Top)

All specimen data is contained in databases. There is no separately maintained paper file.

Description of Collection (Top)

Isopods have been removed from most unsorted samples. Unsorted debris and rubble also maintained.

Collection Inventory (Top)

~60 lots of material and include both sorted/identified and unsorted material.

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
08/05/2008 View [60.0 kB] Alpheid shrimp. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [35.8 kB] Caridea 1. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [69.5 kB] Caridea 2. Photo by K. Omura.

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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