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

San Diego Natural History Museum Collection

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

This is the research collection of echinoderms formerly maintained by the Invertebrate Zoology Department of the San Diego Natural History Museum. It consists of historically significant material primarily from Southern California and Mexico, some dating back to the turn of the 20th century.

Background (Top)

The collection was previously housed at the San Diego Natural History Museum. A portion of the collection has been sent by LACM to the California Academy of Sciences on long-term exchange.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

1917-1992. Primarily Baja California, Gulf of California, and California. Other locations include Alaska, Argentina, Costa Rica, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Panama, Spain, Tasmania. Mostly < 20 m; few > 200 m.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Echinodermata: mostly echinoids and asteroids; some ophiuroids and holothuroids.

Documentation (Top)

Parts of the collection are documented in the San Diego Natural History Museum catalog, which is available in the LACM Echinoderms Collection.

Description of Collection (Top)

Sixty percent of collection is dry. Most dry material identified to species. Remaining 40% of collection is wet preserved. Collection has been curated and is located in dry and wet collection ranges of the LACM Echinoderms Collection. Station data have been digitized.

Collection Inventory (Top)

This collection is estimated to have 400 lots.

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
08/29/2001 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.
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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.
08/29/2001 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.
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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
08/29/2001 0% 0% 0% 10% 0% 0% 90%