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Specimen Record

ContinentNorth America
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceNevada
County/ParishChurchill Co
LocalityStillwater, 10 Mi Nne Of
Latitude39.65553709432199
Longitude-118.47545473234798
Institution CodeKu
Collection CodeKum
Catalog Number72868
Collected ByAlcorn J R
Date Collected1957-02-21

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The mammal collection at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum is one of the world's largest (the fifth largest mammal collection in North America and the third largest university collection in the world). The most common preparation type is a prepared skin, with the skull cleaned and stored in a separated container (our preparation code is SS). Second-most common is a skin with the entire skeleton cleaned and stored separately (SB). Some specimens consist only of a skull (SK) or cranium (CO). Other specimens may consist of a partial skeleton (PS), an entire skeleton (SN) or only a skin (SO). Many of our specimens are stored in alcohol (AL), or are in alcohol with the skull removed and cleaned (SA). Tissues associated with any of these preparation types are noted as a separate field in our database. Because there are active public education and exhibits programs in the KU Natural History Museum, a few of our specimens are taxidermy mounts (BM) and some are housed permanently on exhibit. Other preparation types are coded as “other” (OT). Occasionally, specimens are prepared with the baculum or os clitoris and separately stored in preserving fluid. Non-standard preparation types and additional materials are noted in a comments field in our database.

We have extensive historical collections from Central America, Mexico, and southeast, central, western regions of the United States and Alaska. We recently added outstanding collections from the Philippines and New Guinea. We anticipate continuing to maintain our strengths in these geographic regions, emphasizing bats, rodents and insectivores—current taxonomic strengths. Most of our collection consists of nicely prepared skins, skulls, and complete skeletons, with most recent specimens accompanied by tissues.

There are 135 type specimens in our collection at present. Of these, the largest number (97) are rodents. There are also 6 insectivore, 25 bat, 5 lagomorph, and 2 carnivore holotypes. Lists of the Mammalogy's type specimens have been published by Jones and Genoways (1969) and Jones et al. (1984), although several have been described since. Types have been described from Barbados, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (14 states), Mozambique, Nicaragua, Philippines, Venezuela, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and from 12 states in the U.S. All type specimens are kept in the designated "type case" at all times. Use of type specimens must be arranged with the curators.

There is broad taxonomic coverage, including important holdings of Central and South American marsupials, insectivores, bats, rodents; Holarctic shrews, microtines, squirrels and North American bats, insectivores, carnivores, rodents and lagomorphs.

Contacts

Name Norm Slade
RoleCurator Emeritus of Mammalogy
Emailslade@ku.edu
Name Norm Slade
RoleCurator Emeritus of Mammalogy
Emailslade@ku.edu
Name Laura Russell
RoleVertNet Programmer
Emaillarussell@ku.edu
Name Robert Timm
RoleCurator
Emailbtimm@ku.edu
Name Norm Slade
RoleCurator Emeritus of Mammalogy
Emailslade@ku.edu
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Taxonomy
Scientific NameOndatra zibethicus mergens
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyCricetidae
GenusOndatra
Specific Epithetzibethicus
Infraspecific Epithetmergens
Specimen
Catalog Number72868
PreparationsSK
SexM
Institution CodeKU
Collection CodeKUM
Occurrence ID930bf4cd-1ed8-11e3-bfac-90b11c41863e
Dataset NameUniversity of Kansas Biodiversity Institute Mammalogy Collection
Basis of RecordPreservedSpecimen
Type of ResourcePhysicalObject
Collection Event
Collected ByALCORN J R
Date Collected1957-02-21
Year1957
Month2
Day21
Locality
CountryU S A
State / ProvinceNEVADA
CountyCHURCHILL CO
ContinentNorth America
LocalitySTILLWATER, 10 MI NNE OF
Decimal Latitude39.65562
Decimal Longitude-118.47448
Geodetic DatumNAD27
Georeferenced ByN Slade
Georeferenced Date2007-05-22
Other
Languageen
Modified2010-01-13 10:28:48.0
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