[Nhcoll-l] Multiple numbers

Callomon,Paul prc44 at drexel.edu
Thu Mar 10 13:28:12 EST 2016


In some collections, individual components of a lot that are stored in a particular medium (for example: the empty dry shell, frozen tissue snip and alcohol-preserved body from the same snail or the dry skin and fluid-preserved guts of a single bird) each get different catalog numbers.
The question: All other things being equal, is it better collections management practice for all parts of a single lot to have the same catalog number (perhaps with different states of preservation indicated separately or as prefixes/suffixes)?
A "lot" is defined as all specimens collected at the same time in the same place. This can be a single bird or a hundred pond snails.

How do you handle this in your collection?

Paul Callomon
Collection Manager, Malacology, Invertebrate Paleontology and General Invertebrates
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA 19103-1195, USA
callomon at ansp.org<mailto:callomon at ansp.org> Tel 215-405-5096 - Fax 215-299-1170
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