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

Gulf of Mexico, Puffer and Emerson, 1951

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Specimens may have been mentioned in Hartman's 1954 polychaetes of the Gulf of Mexico paper.

Background (Top)

Elton L. Puffer and William K. Emerson, UC Berkeley, participated in the American Petroleum Institute's Project 51. The project's main focus was documenting the geology and main biotopes of oil producing/potential oil producing regions in the Gulf of Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. Puffer and Emerson studied molluscs of oyster-reef communities along the central Texas coast. Some lots contained polychaetes which were sent to Dr. Olga Hartman for identification and retained by her for the AHF Polychaete Collection. These were transferred to the NHMLAC along with the rest of the collection in 1988.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Copano Bay, all near Rockport, Texas, collected between 1951-1952.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)


Documentation (Top)

A station list is held by the Polychaete Section and individual lots are recorded in the Hartman N-Catalogue.
Puffer, E.L., Emerson, W.K. 1953. The molluscan community of the oyster-reef biotope on the central Texas coast. Journal of Paleontology 27(4): 537-544.

Description of Collection (Top)

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

Collection Inventory (Top)

None at present; perhaps 100 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 specimens need to be separated from the labels and 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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