MLZ Bird Collection (Arctos)

Occurrence dataset published by Moore Laboratory of Zoology

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MLZ Bird Collection (Arctos)

Description

The Moore Laboratory of Zoology is located at Occidental College. The bird collection houses over 64,000 ornithological specimens. It is the largest Mexican bird collection in the world. The vast majority of the specimens are study skins (60,677), but the MLZ also contains 1,364 skeletons and 536 sets of nests and eggs. Robert T. Moore and his wife Margaret founded the MLZ in 1950, moving Moore’s personal collection from his Pasadena home to the building at Occidental College. Prominent collectors aside from Moore include Chester C. Lamb (who worked as Moore’s primary collector for decades and collected over 40,000 of the MLZ’s specimens), the Olalla Brothers and Sons, Mario del Toro Aviles, C.F. Underwood, J.T. Wright, and W.W. Brown. The collection continues its growth today with the addition of species from the western U.S. and Mexico.

Temporal coverages

Living time period: 1830-present

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Administrative contact
John McCormack McCormack
Director/Curator
Moore Laboratory of Zoology 1600 Campus Road, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA US, 90041 90041 Los Angeles CA United States (323) 259-1352
Metadata author
John McCormack
Director/Curator
Moore Laboratory of Zoology 1600 Campus Road, Occidental College 90041 Los Angeles CA United States (323) 259-1352
Originator
John McCormack
Director/Curator
Moore Laboratory of Zoology 1600 Campus Road, Occidental College 90041 Los Angeles CA United States (323) 259-1352

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Moore Laboratory of Zoology

Publication Date

Jul 10, 2014

Registration Date

Apr 25, 2013

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Taxonomic Coverage

Taxonomic strengths of the MLZ bird collection include Emberizidae (11,699), Tyrannidae (7,552), Trochilidae (6,954), Troglodytidae (2,846), Psittacidae (734), and Trogonidae (463). Robert T. Moore described nearly all the 81 bird holotypes, paratypes, and topotypes currently present.

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The MLZ bird collection is global, with the largest holdings are from Mexico (50,000 specimens) and Ecuador (6… more

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Geographic Coverage

The MLZ bird collection is global, with the largest holdings are from Mexico (50,000 specimens) and Ecuador (6,100 specimens). Other geographic strengths include Honduras (2,200 specimens), Guatemala (1,200 specimens), and Costa Rica (1,200 specimens). Most parts of Mexico are well-represented with the exception of Baja California and the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Associated parties

Administrative contact
Fiona Gowen
Associate Curator
Moore Laboratory of Zoology 1600 Campus Road, Occidental College 90041 Los Angeles CA United States (323) 259-2673
Point of contact
Dusty McDonald
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley