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

PICES-RAS, Oregon 2010

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

PICES is the acronym for the North Pacific Marine Science Organization, an intergovermental research organization which promotes and coordinates marine research. The member nations are the USA, Canada, Russia, China, Korea, and Japan. Japan, through PICES Working Group 21 on non-indigenous aquatic species has funded a 5-year project which includes rapid assessment surveys (RAS). The 2010 survey was done in Newport, Oregon. Experts from the member countries collected baseline data and worked together to inter-calibrate species identification which allows for the standardization of data between regional surveys. For polychaetes, this survey produced records of 25 species new to the area, 4-6 possible new introductions from Japan, 5 potentially undescribed species, and an established colony of a highly invasive worm known only from Brazil and Argentina.

Background (Top)

The survey was organized by Dr. John Chapman (University Oregon & Hatfield Marine Science Center) with assistance from Leslie Harris (NHMLAC, Polychaetes). The survey based at Hatfield surveyed approximately 15 sites from harbors to mud flats. Each taxonomist vouchered examples of the species they identified. These were returned NHMLAC by L. Harris.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Sampling was done in October 2010 at sites in Coos Bay and Yaquina Bay.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Specimens are primarily polychaetes and peracarids identified by L. Harris, V. Radashevsky, and J. Chapman.

Documentation (Top)

Inventory held in Polychaete Section.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet preserved collection. Polychaetes were fixed in either 10% formalin-seawater or 95% ethanol while other taxa were primarily preserved in 70% ethanol. Polychaetes fixed in formalin were briefly rinsed in fresh water, then transferred to 70% ethanol.

Collection Inventory (Top)

Approximately 191 species in 400 lots.

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
10/05/2011 View [182.4 kB] PICES 2010 Rapid Assessment Survey

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
10/05/2011 0% 0% 0% 100%

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.
10/05/2011 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.
10/05/2011 0% 0% 100% 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.
10/05/2011 100% 0%

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
10/05/2011 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%
100% to species level although many are provisional identifications & more work is needed.