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

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, 2008

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Jody Martin (NHMLAC, Curator of Crustacea) and Leslie Harris (Collections Manager, Polychaetes) were invited by John Starmer, Marine Biologist, Coastal Resources Management, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to collect, photograph, and make provisional identifications of coral reef invertebrates found around Saipan. The goal is to acquire enough information to categorize the reef environment and the processes that control it. Small invertebrates are important components of the system but are poorly known. An additional product of this collection will be images used for outreach programs for school children, educators, and government officials in the CNMI. Specimens are deposited a tNHMLAC and enhance our holdings of Western Pacific decapods and polychaetes.

Background (Top)

John Starmer was principal investigator.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

12-18 October 2008: collectors John Starmer, Coastal Resources Management Coral Reef Biologist; Jody Martin, Curator of Crustacea NHMLAC; and Leslie Harris, Collection Manager, Polychaetes NHMLAC. Collections are intertidal and subtidal invertebrates.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Predominantly crabs, shrimp, and polychaete worms were collected. Other organisms that occurred in the samples were retained as well.

Ascidiacea - 3 lots
Crustacea - 299 lots
Echinoderms - 4 lots
Echiura - 1 lot
Mollusca - 27 lots
Platyhelminthes - 1 lot
Polychaetes - 162 lots
Sipuncula - 1 lot
Fish - 1 lot

Documentation (Top)

Harris and Martin each have a field log of the samples they respectively processed. Logs are kept in their offices. All field information was transferred to electronic files by Harris. Marine Biodiversity Processing Center (MBPC) Database numbers 6424-6446 are the station records and can be downloaded from this site.

Description of Collection (Top)

All specimens are wet preserved. 95% of samples were sorted in the field to morphospecies. A few were left identified only to class or phylum. Polychaetes, other vermiform specimens, and non-alpheid caridean shrimp were fixed in 5-10% formalin, rinsed briefly in fresh water, and preserved in 70% ethanol. All other specimens were fixed directly in 95% ethanol, transferred to fresh 95% ethanol.

Specimens are currently in Polychaete/MBPC trailer for processing (24 Nov. 2008). Crabs are in Dr. Martin's office.

Collection Inventory (Top)

499 lots. All have been sorted, labeled, curated, and moved to appropriate invertebrate sections.

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
12/09/2009 View [289.9 kB] LeslieHarris, photo by Jody Martin.
12/09/2009 View [282.0 kB] Lagoon, photo by Leslie Harris.
12/09/2009 View [443.6 kB] Tinian UW2, photo by John Starmer.
12/09/2009 View [463.2 kB] Tinian UW1, photo by John Starmer.
12/09/2009 View [502.9 kB] LauLau2,photo by John Starmer.
12/09/2009 View [695.8 kB] LauLau, photo by John Starmer.

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
11/24/2008 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.
11/24/2008 0% 0% 0% 100%

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.
11/24/2008 0% 0% 0% 100%

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.
11/24/2008 0% 100%

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
11/24/2008 0% 2% 0% 2% 60% 36% 0%