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

Tomales Bay-Pitelka 1940s

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

A small collection of polychaetes taken from Tomales Bay, California and surrounding areas. Many of Dr. Olga Hartman's publications included worms from this collection. Several new species were found and described.

Background (Top)

Dr. Frank A. Pitelka was an ornithologist who spent his entire career at the University of California, Berkeley. While a graduate student there in the early 1940s he participated in mapping and sampling soft-bottom invertebrate communities of intertidal flats in Tomales Bay and nearby sites, central California. Understanding ecological succession, community organization, and ecological distribution were the focus of the study. The polychaetes he collected were sent to Dr. Hartman for identification and retained by her for the AHF Polychaete Collection.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Tomales Bay, Stemple Creek Estuary, and Bolinas Bay, California. Primarily 1941-1942.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)


Documentation (Top)

Hartman's AHF N-Catalogue held by the Polychaete Section.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet preserved collection. Samples originally fixed in 5-10% formalin, later rinsed in fresh water and transferred into 70% ethanol.

Collection Inventory (Top)

None at present; probably several hundred specimens or lots. Information in the AHF N-Catalogue will eventually be compiled into a single spreadsheet.

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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Most of the specimens need to be double vialed.

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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