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

Panama 2005 and 2006

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Dr. Peter Glynn (University of Miami) has been studying the effects of El Nino-Southern Oscillation disturbances on eastern Pacific coral reefs for over 35 years. One significant, understudied component of the reef system is the cryptofauna associated with the reefs, a gap that Dr. Glynn attempted to rectify by inviting Leslie Harris (NHM Polychaete Collection Manager) and Dr. Ingo Wehrtmann (Univ. Costa Rica) to join his team to collect and identify polychaetes and decapods from his primary long-term site off Isla Coiba, Panama. For the Museum, this collection enhances our holdings of central American specimens. The material further contributes to an understanding of geminate species pairs and species movement between the eastern Pacific and the Caribbean via the Panama Canal.

Background (Top)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Peter Glynn (University of Miami)
NSF Award#0526361: $555,593

Leslie Harris' participation was funded partly by the Museum (salary), partly her private funds (transportation), and by Dr. Glynn (all expenses inside Panama).

Anker, A., Poddoubtchenko, D., Wehrtmann, I. S. 2006. Leslibetaeus coibita, n. gen., n. sp., a new alpheid shrimp from the Pacific coast of Panama (Crustacea: Decapoda). Zootaxa 1183: 27-41.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Pacific Panama, Coiba National Park, primarily from coral reef off Isla Uva, 07°49'N, 81°46'W and intertidal areas off Isla Coiba near the Centro de la ANM 07°37'36.86"N, 81°43'43.22"W, and Isla Coibita (= Isla Rancheria) 7°38'10"N, 81°42'11"W. Collections made between 9-16 March 2005 and 12-20 March 2006 for 0-15 meters.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

2005 Collections: Polychaetes (89 lots) and decapods (88) dominate, with a few lots each of Cnidaria (1), Echinodermata (6), Echiura (1), Mollusca (4), Sipuncula (2), and Vertebrata (fish, 3).

2006 Collections: Polychaetes (144 lots) and crustaceans dominate (111 lots), plus a few lots each of echinoderms (2), molluscs (7), nemerteans (6), platyhelminthes (2), and sipunculids (4).

Documentation (Top)

Field notes in electronic form in Polychaete Section.

Description of Collection (Top)

Collections made in 2005 were preserved primarily in 70% ethanol, but some were preserved in 95% ethanol or 5% formalin. Most lots collected in 2006 were fixed in 5% formalin, approximately 50 lots are in 95% ethanol (some lots consist of legs or pieces pulled off specimens before formalin fixation).
Most samples remain in original preservative and transfer of preservative is necessary. Lots field sorted to morphospecies. Samples are in crates P-L-11 and P-L-15 in trailer.

Collection Inventory (Top)

2005 collections: 194 lots
2006 collections: 273 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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