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

Phoenix Islands 2002

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

The strength of the Crustacea Division of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County lies in its collection of Eastern Pacific fauna. However, we also seek opportunities to further enhance our collections in the Western Pacific and Indo-Pacific. The materials collected and returned to the museum from the Phoenix Islands will allow researchers access to comparative specimens from this area of the Pacific Ocean.

Background (Top)

In 2000, the New England Aquarium funded a ten-day expedition (the Phoenix Rising Expedition) to create a baseline study of the fauna from various islands of the Phoenix Island Group, Kiribati. The materials in the current collection were returned from a follow-up expedition to the same area in 2002.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

The Phoenix Islands, lie to the north, northeast of Fiji and the Samoa Islands in the Central-Southern Pacific Ocean. Materials were collected from both windward and leeward reef atolls off of and around the following islands: Nikumaroro, Manra, Phoenix, Kanton, Enderbury, Birnie, and Orona Islands. Collecting and research were done from 10 June - 5 July, 2002.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

The materials returned to the Crustacea Division have been processed into two major groups consisting of crabs (50%) and shrimps (50%). At this time, most identification (with one or two exceptions) is only to infraorder.

Documentation (Top)

Collection data, including site maps, and data lists are kept in the file drawers of the Crustacea Division.

Description of Collection (Top)

This collection is currently housed as a separate group (for ease of access for future identification and research) in the Department's collection room. The specimens are preserved in 70% ethanol. Original preservation is indicated on the specimen label when known.

Collection Inventory (Top)

This collection consists of 43 lots of crabs and shrimps. They have been incorporated into the Crustacea Collection, i.e., taxonomically dispersed appropriately.

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
10/01/2002 View [32.5 kB] crab
10/01/2002 View [50.5 kB] crab
10/01/2002 View [37.1 kB] crab
10/01/2002 View [27.9 kB] shrimps
10/01/2002 View [23.6 kB] crab
10/01/2002 View [31.8 kB] crab
10/01/2002 View [42.9 kB] shrimps
10/01/2002 View [44.4 kB] crab

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
09/12/2002 0% 0% 0% 100%
09/10/2002 100% 0% 0% 0%

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.
09/12/2002 0% 0% 0% 100%
09/10/2002 100% 0% 0% 0%

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.
01/13/2003 0% 0% 0% 100%
09/10/2002 0% 100% 0% 0%

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.
01/13/2003 0% 100%
09/10/2002 100% 0%

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
09/10/2002 0% 99% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1%