MSB Mammal Collection (Arctos)

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MSB Mammal Collection (Arctos)

Description

The MSB Division of Mammals contains over 250,000 catalogued specimens and is among the five largest in the world. Specimens date back to the 1890's with the majority documenting the rapid environmental change that has occurred since 1950. The collection contains 16 holotypes, 6 paratypes, 1 syntype, 93 symbiotypes. Important collections integrated into the MSB include the USGS Biological Surveys collection (26,000), the UIMNH (Hoffmeister) Collection (33,000), and the Rausch Collection (4,000 specimens and parasites). Specimens range from traditional skin/skull and fluid vouchers to "holistic vouchers" containing skin, skull, post-cranial skeleton, up to seven tissue types (heart, kidney, liver, lung, spleen, muscle, blood), cell suspensions, and ecto and endo parasites. Additionally, frozen tissue samples are available for about 130,000 individual mammals and date back to the late 1970's. Serology data associated with hantavirus surveillance programs in the Americas are associated with 37,000 specimens. The MSB houses an extensive archive of field journals and catalogues that date to the 1900's and are associated with specimens held in the collection. The collections are growing rapidly through the active research programs of curators, staff, and students, and through ongoing collaborations with other institutions and governmental agencies.

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Living time period: 1890 to present

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Administrative contact
Joseph Cook Cook
Curator of Mammals
Museum of Southwestern Biology
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM US, 87131-0001 87131-0001 Albuquerque NM United States (505) 277-1358
Metadata author
Joseph Cook
Curator of Mammals
Museum of Southwestern Biology
University of New Mexico 87131-0001 Albuquerque NM United States (505) 277-1358
Originator
Joseph Cook
Curator of Mammals
Museum of Southwestern Biology
University of New Mexico 87131-0001 Albuquerque NM United States (505) 277-1358

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Museum of Southwestern Biology

Publication Date

Jan 15, 2013

Registration Date

May 2, 2013

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Taxonomic Coverage

The MSB mammal collections are taxonomically broad, representing 27 orders, 103 families, 513 genera, and approximately 1,400 species. The majority of specimens are from the Orders Rodentia (190,000), Chiroptera (25,000), Carnivora (15,000), Soricomorpha (10,000) and Artiodactyla (7,500).

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Mammalia

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The MSB mammal collections are world-wide in scope (72 countries and all 50 US states), with particularly strong holdings from Western North America (150,000 specimens), Beringia and high latitudes (2… more

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Geographic Coverage

The MSB mammal collections are world-wide in scope (72 countries and all 50 US states), with particularly strong holdings from Western North America (150,000 specimens), Beringia and high latitudes (26,000 from Alaska, Russia and Canada), Mongolia (4,200 specimens and parasites), and Latin America (10,200 specimens from Bolivia 7,000 from Chile; 5,000 from Panama).

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Point of contact
Jon Dunnum
Collection Manager, Mammals
Museum of Southwestern Biology
University of New Mexico 87131-0001 Albuquerque NM United States (505) 277-9262
Point of contact
Dusty McDonald
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley